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Comparing Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring

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Lauren Predki

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By: Lauren Predki Basquiat's Work Keith Haring was born in May of 1958 in Pennsylvania. As a child, Haring spent his time drawing and making cartoons. He was influenced by the changing pop culture, and was fascinated with the cartoons of Walt Disney. He began making chalk drawings and street graffiti in subway stations.







In 82' Haring had his first New York one-man show, the success of his gallery brought him fame in the art world. Critics admire the "bold lines, vivid colors, and active figures" which "carry strong messages of life and unit". "Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic" Keith Haring's Work "I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life. " Basquiat & Haring Being two influential artists of the 80's downtown NYC art scene, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were friends (and both were good friends with Andy Warhol). Together, the two organized and participated in exhibitions together. Haring's work displays shapes and symbols, which appear simple, yet portray social commentary and imagery. Basquiat's work was simplistic in its childish appearance, yet is actually incredibly detailed and symbolic.
Haring and Basquiat both created numerous amount of work during their relatively short-lived time as artists. Basquiat created pieces influenced by the work of past artists such as Picasso and Da-Vinci. He was also inspired by African culture and jazz music . Haring, on the other hand, drew inspiration from the changing street culture of New York City in the 80's. Haring was also greatly influenced by the study of semiotics, in which signs and motifs take on symbolic meanings. Untitled (Skull), 1981 Both Haring and Basquiat aspired to be cartoonists when they were young. Basquiat/ "Liberty", 1983 Basquiat's work is classified under "Neo-Expressionism"- a sub category of modern art- but also displays surrealism. Haring's work is classified as pop-and graffiti art art. Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn in the early 1960's.
He first attracted attention for his graffiti (he went under the name "SAMO" )in New York City. Before his career as an artist took off, Basquiat sold postcards of his artwork on the streets of NYC, to make money.


The End Haring/ "Anti-Nuclear Rally", 1982 Untitled, 1982 Basquiat "The Irony of the Negro Policeman", 1981 Haring/ "Free South Africa" 1989 Haring/"Ignorance = Fear", 1989 "Undiscovered Genius", 1983 Untitled, 1982 Untitled, 1982 Untitled, 1987 "Girl With Cigarette", 1988 "Fishing", 1981 Jean-Michel Basquait Keith Haring & Honors Art P. 5 Haring/ "Best Buddies", 1990 Basquiat/ "Glenn", 1984 Haring/ "A Pile of Crowns, for Jean-Michel Basquiat", 1988 Haring made this piece for his friend Basquiat, titled <---"A Pile of Crowns for Jean-Michel Basquiat", the image features Basquiat's famous crown, which he uses as a symbol for himself as well as a symbol of respect and admiration for other figures he refer to in his work Basquiat/"crown" series,
1983 Basquiat/ "Trumpet", 1984 "Philistines". 1982 Basquiat/ "God,law", 1981 Both Haring and Basquiat created pieces addressing social issues... Haring focused largely on anti-AIDS campaigns and Basquiat was passionate about fighting racism Haring/ "Stop AIDS", 1989 Basquiat/ "Birds on Money", 1981 Haring/ "The Ten Commandments 1", 1985 Basquiat/ "Mona Lisa", 1984 Haring/ "Mom", 1989 "Every line means something" "Rice and Chicken", 1981 "Wine of Babylon", 1984 Not long after, Basquiat gained international attention for his paintings.He received critical acclaim for the unique "fusion of words, symbols, stick figures, and animals found in his work."
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