Keith Haring was one of the leading artist of the graffiti art movement which flourished in New York in the 1980s. To create his chalk drawings, he began to make use of the unused advertising panels covered in matte black paper, found in subways. From 1980 to 1985, he created hundreds of these drawings in the subways of New York. He received fame through his drawings, as they struck a chord with New York commuters. He started a friendly relationship with another icon of the NYC art, Jean Michel Basquiat, with whom he helped organize exhibitions at nightclubs and other alternative locations. Haring collaborated with other artists and performers, including Andy Warhol and William Burroughs.
“Wanting to make his art more accessible, Haring opened Pop Shop in New York City in 1986. The store sold posters, t-shirts, and other items baring his artwork and designs. He was also interested many social causes, painting an anti-drug mural that same year. In all, he did more than 50 public works and held numerous workshops for children. In 1988, Haring discovered that he had AIDS. The next year he created the Keith Haring Foundation to support AIDS organizations and children’s programs”
He succumbed to AIDS on February 16, 1990.
And guess what? An exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris will show a wide-ranging retrospective to the artist, from April 19 to August 18, 2013.