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Happy Birthday, Keith Haring!

Google salutes Keith Haring on his birthday today with a homepage doodle. The American street artist turned pop culture darling would have been 54.

Haring died in 1990 at the age of 31 due to AIDS-related complications.

The Keith Haring Foundation has created its own small tribute to the artist with a splash page featuring a 1988 photograph by Tseng Kwong Chi that depicts Haring at work in his studio. The Haring Foundation was established in 1989 to assist AIDS-related and children’s charities, and maintains the largest resource of archives on the late artist, Keith Haring.

Haring’s artistic legacy is alive and well in New York and here are some works by the artist you can see in Brooklyn and Manhattan:

  1. Crack is Wack Playground (Harlem, Manhattan) (pic)
  2. Keith Haring: 1978–1982 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum (Prospect Park, Brooklyn)
  3. Keith Haring’s huge “Untitled” (1982) is currently on display in the permanent collection of MoMA (Midtown, Manhattan)
  4. Haring murals at Woodhull Hospital (Bushwick, Brooklyn) (pic) (pic)
  5. Haring bathroom murals at the Gay Center (Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

If you know of other publicly accessible works by Haring that are currently on display, please let us know in the comments.

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