Over 140 objects from Haring’s personal collection, including works by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, will be sold by Sotheby’s to benefit the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York.
The Keith Haring Foundation has finally realized its perfect demographic: people who like art, people who smoke pot, and people with a desire for designer paraphernalia.
Moved by his friend Benny Soto’s struggles with addiction and riled by government inaction, Haring mobilized his boldly-outlined shapes and energetic figures to send a cautionary message.
The artist’s aim was to “elevate the physiological aspects of HIV to a level of reality that represents the pain, loss, and massive suffering caused by this plague.”
Painted in 1986, the mural was covered up with aluminum siding three years later and has only just been brought back to light.
The artist, who after moving to New York would introduce himself as ‘Keith from Kutztown,’ left an indelible mark on his hometown.
A joint booth by Salon 94 and Antiquarium Ltd. juxtaposes Ancient Egyptian art with contemporary works, foremost among them Haring’s hieroglyphic sculptures and prints.
The latest artist commissioned to paint the influential Soho wall is a man who has bragged about his predatory sexual behavior.
Recent books by Tim Lawrence and Douglas Crimp underline the close relationship between the New York art scene of the 1970s and ’80s and that most unjustly maligned of musical movements, disco.
It may seem unusual to uphold a book of penis drawings as a significant art-historical moment, but Manhattan Penis Drawings for Ken Hicks creates an unignorable link between Haring’s early work and his homosexuality.
Manhattan is full of dicks. Keith Haring, perhaps the most famous 1980s pop and graffiti artist to come out of New York’s downtown scene, knew this well.
In New York City’s constantly changing urban landscape, artist studios can be ephemeral.