Keith Haring

Keith Haring is an 80s pop art icon who, like Basquiat, was first and foremost a street artist whose images crossed over because of their simplicity and ability to capture the publics imagination. First appearing in chalk on the subway stations of New York Haring’s images are semiotic rather than overtly descriptive or true to life representations. The symbols are re-occuring throughout Haring’s work, almost like his own carefully cultivated language. They are used to convey simple, positive messages or ideas.

Later in Haring’s career he undertook lots of commissions, usually from organisations who thought his globally understood hieroglyphics and positive messages suited there campaigns best. He painted the Berlin wall and amongst many other things tried to create social awareness for AIDS (below) at a time when information about the disease was profiled in an extremely negative way.

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