Artist: Keith Haring
Keith haring We have original graphic work (prints), engravings, lithographs and serigraphs (engravings, etchings, lithographs, serigraphs) by this artist. Pennsylvania, May 4, 1958 - New York, February 16, 1990) was an artist and social activist whose work reflects the spirit of the pop generation and 1980s New York street culture. From a very young age, he began to draw inspired by television cartoons. He studied art at the Ivy School of Art in Pittsburgh, where he began making screenprints for printing on T-shirts. And later he continued his studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York during 1978 and 1979, where he was influenced by Keith Sonnler and Joseph Kossuth who encouraged him to train as a conceptual artist after experimenting with form and color. In the summer of 1979 he made a performance entitled Poetry-Word-Things, at Club 57 in Manhattan. In 1980 he began to do graffiti, drawing cartoon-like images on advertisements on the New York subway with felt-tip pen. Later it was followed by comics drawn with white chalk on the black panels of the subway reserved for publicity. He was arrested several times for damaging public property. Keith Haring tried to combine art, music and fashion in his work, breaking down barriers between these fields. The iconography was a mixture of sexual elements with flying saucers, people and dogs, animals and figures dancing; to which were later added running figures, crawling babies, halos, pyramids, televisions, telephones, and references to nuclear energy; Keith Haring's treatment of themes like power and fear of technology suggests anguish and reflects his moral unease. His first solo exhibition was at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York, in 1982. Aborigines, as well as Chinese calligraphy, Alechinsky, Andy Warhol and Mark Tobey's all-overs, from which he evolved into his signature semi-abstract style, a kind of Aztec new wave reminiscent of Pollock and Penck. Thick black lines border schematic figures in compositions dominated by an evident vacui horror that vibrate with an irresistible and striking energy. Haring's style reflects the ethos of the East Village (Manhattan) pop generation and street culture. He tried to put things as simply as possible. Like Warhol, Haring embraced demotic culture, that is, a combination of fashion, art and music, breaking down barriers between these manifestations to give them a greater extension; This factor is essential to understand its commercial success around the world, in various genres, including murals, sculpture, posters and body painting. In 1986 he painted a piece of the Berlin Wall. In that same year, he opened the Pop Shop boutique, where he sold his products. In 1989 he created the Keith Haring Foundation whose objective is to fight for the solution of social problems. He died of AIDS in New York on February 16, 1990.