Haring, the Street Art Legend artist
Keith Haring was an American artist best known for his 1980’s graffiti-inspired drawings, which he first made in New York City subway stations. He was interested in the colorful and subversive graffiti art of the city’s streets and his signature images included dancing figures, a crawling infant emitting rays of light, a barking dog, a flying saucer, large hearts, and figures with televisions for heads.
Haring’s work expressed concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war. He was openly gay and was a strong advocate of safe sex. After he was diagnosed with AIDS, his work turned to focus AIDS awareness. He also established the Keith Haring Foundation to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs. Haring died by 1990, but his art and influence are still widely celebrated throughout the world.
Haring’s work will always be remembered for its effect on popularizing pop art and “low art” within the “high art” scene. The honesty, truth and broad-reaching approachability of his works will remain integral to consider and his name will always be on the forefront of a more permissive and progressive culture.