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Keith Haring

Today is a somewhat sad occasion, as it marks the twenty-second anniversary of the death of my favorite artist, Keith Haring. Younger bloggers may not be familiar with his work, but any Gen X’er worth their salt would recognize his artwork in an instant. As a teen I must have recreated his “Radiant Baby” in fabric paint on every pair of acid washed jeans I owned.

As student of New York City’s prestigious School of Visual Arts; Haring found a home among the alternative art crowd, befriending the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf. And while his work did eventually earn him success as a pop culture artist, it was his dedication to free public artwork and social consciousness that earned my respect.

One of the things Haring was most known for were his chalk drawings on the unused advertising panels of NYC’s subway system. Often times he’d start a sketch and then leave the chalk behind in the hopes someone would find inspiration and add to the drawing. In this day and age of SOPA, I find his gift of free art inspirational. As a writer who has given away more free books than I’ve sold, I like to think Keith Haring’s life influenced the way I see art. I encourage you to check out his website and see firsthand the legacy Keith Haring left behind.



15 responses

  1. Keren

    I just saw the Keith Haring Print Exhibition at Pace. It was amazing, colorful, humorous, and extremely sexual. There was even a pop-up Haring Design Shop w/ shoes, bibs, outfits, etc.

    February 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    • What I wouldn’t give to have seen that!

      February 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  2. His work is brilliantly interesting. I think Kids who are good at art should be aloud to pursue their dreams rather then be told it is useless but that might be because I want to be a writer and I get told that’s a stupid dream all the time.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    • There is no such thing as a stupid dream. You keep writing if that’s what you love!

      February 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  3. I remember seeing his stuff all over the place.
    Thanks for the reminder, H.E – he is definitely worth remembering…

    February 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    • My friends and I took a trip to NYC the day after he died and his work was everywhere. I remember it like yesterday.

      February 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

  4. I have seen some of his stuff.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    • Stop by his foundation site. It’s definitely worth a look.

      February 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  5. Never heard of the guy I’ve got to say, but I love finding out about new artists this way (^.^) .

    February 16, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    • Thanks! I may do some more of these over time. I am a volunteer art teacher at the local elementary school and I feature a different artist every month. Keith Haring is my favorite.

      February 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      • ohwow 🙂

        February 19, 2012 at 4:18 am

  6. Haring’s got a big statue out front of SFMOMA. He’s still alive in our city!

    February 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    • I wasn’t aware of a statue. I’ll be sure to look that up. Thanks!

      February 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

  7. kat

    As a Gen-Xer, I definitely recognize his name and work, if not the man himself. Never saw a pic of him, until now.

    Ah, acid-wash. Am I the only one who remembers Z Cavaricci jeans?

    February 17, 2012 at 1:28 am

    • I sure do remember Z Cavaricci jeans. Right along with Zubaz and Ferrari glasses.

      February 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm