Keith Haring



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An energetic and eye-opening new exploration of the work of iconic American artist Keith Haring.

Keith Haring (1958-1990) is widely recognised for his colourful paintings, drawings, sculptures and murals. Haring exploded onto the early 1980s New York art scene with his vivid graffiti-inspired drawings, many of which found exposure in the public realm, such as the Times Square billboard broadcast of his famous Radiant Child in 1982. Haring’s instantly recognisable `cartoon-like’ imagery not only drew on the iconography of contemporary pop and club culture but also looked back to the patterns and rhythms of Islamic and Japanese art, and primitive wall-paintings. Furthermore his work also reflected a profound commitment to social justice and activism, and raised numerous issues that remain relevant today, including the AIDS crisis, the Cold War and fear of nuclear attack, racism, the excesses of capitalism and environmental degradation.

Featuring around fifty works supported by rarely seen archival photographs, this revelatory book will not only introduce Haring to a new audience but also throw fresh light on an artist whose work remains symptomatic of the subcultural and creative energy of 1980s New York. Three short texts exploring various aspects of Haring’s practice are interspersed with illustrations of his works. A rolling time-line features key social and political events of the 1980s (from the election of Reagan in 1980 and the explosion of hip hop from underground movement to global phenomenon to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989) and Haring’s responses to them.

Additional information

Weight 561 g
Dimensions 18.9 x 24.4 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 9 September 2019
Number of pages 128
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Darren Pih
Dimensions 18.9 x 24.4 cm
Weight 561 g


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Darren Phi is Exhibitions & Displays Curator, Tate Liverpool