Keith Haring

$24.99

Keith Haring was a revolutionary artist, who transformed the art world during his short but impactful life, this new pocket-sized biography tells his inspirational story.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from February 2021.

ISBN: 9781786277879 Category:

Simon Doonan

Description

Keith Haring was a revolutionary artist, who transformed the art world during his short but impactful life. Brought to life by Simon Doonan, Creative Director for Barneys New York, this new pocket-sized biography tells his inspirational story.

Revolutionary and renegade, Keith Haring was an artist for the people, creating an instantly recognisable repertoire of symbols – barking dogs, space-ships, crawling babies, clambering faceless people – which became synonymous with the volatile culture of 1980s. Like a careening, preening pinball, Keith Haring playfully slammed into all aspects of this decade – hip-hop, new-wave, graffiti, funk, art, style, gay culture – and brought them together.

Haring’s fanatical drive propelled him into the orbit of the most interesting people of his time: Jean Michel Basquiat envied him; Warhol, William Boroughs and Grace Jones collaborated with him. Madonna and he shared the same tastes in men. Famous at 25, dead from AIDS at 31, Keith Haring is remembered as a Pied Piper, an unpretentious communicator who appeared happiest when mentoring a gang of kids, arming them with brushes and attacking the nearest wall.

A series of brief biographies of the great artists, Lives of the Artists takes as its inspiration Giorgio Vasari’s five-hundred-year-old masterwork, updating it with modern takes on the lives of key artists past and present. Focusing on the life of the artist rather than examining their work, each book also includes key images illustrating the artist’s life. Hardbound, but pocket-sized, the books each sport a specially-commissioned portrait of their subject on the half-jacket.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 12 x 18.1 cm
Publisher name Laurence King Publishing Ltd
Publication date 18 February 2021
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Dimensions 12 x 18.1 cm
Weight 300 g
Simon Doonan is the author of many books, including Drag: The Complete Story and How to Be Yourself: Life-Changing Advice from a Reckless Contrarian. His memoir Beautiful People was adapted for television by the BBC. Simon appears as a judge on the hit NBC television show Making It.