Monday, February 20, 2012

Keith Haring

Keith Herring (1958-1990) was an artist and social activist whose work was inspired by the New York street culture of the 1980s. He achieved his first public attention with chalk drawings in the subways of New York, and these were considered to be his first pop art pieces. Haring expressed concepts of birth, death, love, sex and war, and these became widely recognized visual language of the 20th century. He became an Aids activist when he was diagnosed with it in 1988, and he later passed away from complications in 1990. Pictured below are some of his pieces including one recently shown in Brooke Shields Greenwich townhouse in New York, which was a gift by Haring, as seen in Architectural Digest March 2012.