Keith Haring was one of the pioneers of the graffiti movement in New York City. Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in the year 1958.
Haring attended the Ivy School of Art located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also studied at the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.
Haring created simplified cartoon images to address contemporary social concerns. He enjoyed art from a young age and drew inspiration from Walt Disney and the Looney Tunes art studios.
In 1984 Haring traveled to Australia and completed a commission from the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. This made Haring a permanent fixture on the international art scene.
Haring even opened a pop up shop where guests could purchase apparel that had images by Haring on it. The artist was successful as a commercial artist working with internationally renown brands such as the key sponsor for the Jack Benny Program, Lucky Strike cigarettes.
Haring completed many public commissions over his career.
Price range information: Works can range from a marker drawing of $5,000 to an original work easily passing the $1 million dollar mark.
Below we catch up with our fellow art admirer James Kalm to view a recent exhibition by Keith Haring:
Keith Haring passed away in 1990. He was 32 years of age. In 1989 he created the Keith Haring Foundation that provided funding to children’s causes and AIDS activism.
Below an image of the artist Keith Haring.
Works by the artist can be found in collections around the world including the Whitney Art Museum in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Keith Haring was a wonderful pioneer for the street art movement. The artist was just as creative as Andy Warhol when it came to making money from art. His pop shop was far ahead of his time!
Yesterday I saw an altarpiece by Haring that he designed in the last year of his life. The large sculpture work had a wonderful exuberance that is often found in the artwork of children.