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Transcript of Keith Haring
Keith Haring (1958-1990)
Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation, its goal being to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for Haring’s work through exhibitions, publications and the licensing of his images. Haring used his imagery during the last years of his life to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS.
During a brief but intense career that spanned the 1980s, Haring’s work was featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. In 1986 alone, he was the subject of more than 40 newspaper and magazine articles. He was highly sought after to participate in collaborative projects ,and worked with artists and performers as diverse as Madonna, Grace Jones, Bill T. Jones, William Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol. By expressing universal concepts of birth, death, love, sex and war, using primarily line and directness of message, Haring was able to attract a wide audience and assure the accessibility and staying power of his imagery.
Keith Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 and since has been the subject of several international exhibits which can be seen in major museums around the world.
Keith Haring was most known for being an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war. Haring's work was often heavily political and his imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century.
Born in 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, Keith developed a love for drawing at a very early age, learning basic cartooning skills from popular culture around him such as Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney.
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After graduating high school, Haring moved to New York City and attended School of Visual Arts (SVA).
In New York, Haring found an alternative art community developing in the downtown streets, the subways and spaces in clubs and former dance halls. He became friends with fellow artists Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as musicians, performance artists and graffiti writers. He began to organize and participate in exhibitions and performances at Club 57 and other venues.
Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. He produced more than 50 public artworks between 1982 and 1989, in dozens of cities around the world, many of which were created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers and orphanages.