The exuberant work of artist Keith Haring (1958–1990) crosses the boundaries between street and fine art. Haring first began his career as a graffiti artist in the 1980s, making his signature drawings in white chalk throughout the streets and subways of New York City. Employing a cartoonish vocabulary of hearts, flying saucers, babies, and Mickey Mouse heads, Haring’s themes included drug addiction, the fear of nuclear annihilation, and social justice. With its dynamic, bold forms and energetic execution, this body of work soon brought him to the attention of the art world, alongside peers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat.
February 15, 2017