Wednesday, June 25, 2008
He'd Have Been 50
Recently, I went to the Skarstedt Gallery on the Upper East Side to see the rare Keith Haring show there.
An outlaw artist by nature, Keith Haring "was born in 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania and later moved to New York City in 1978. After his first exhibition in 1978, it took just six years before Haring's work was hanging in Museums and multiple one man and group exhibitions. Haring is considered to be an international art icon, and accomplished what many artists wish to accomplish in a life-time, in just the twelve short years of his career. Since his death in 1990, Haring’s work has been the subject of multiple retrospectives and exhibitions such as the New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Keith Haring: A Retrospective (1997); Milan, La Triennale di Milano, The Keith Haring Show (2005) and an upcoming retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France".
Haring "in honor of the 50th anniversary of his birth. This exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, drawings and artifacts that exemplify some of Haring’s best known works. In an article written by Elizabeth Sussman for Haring’s Whitney Retrospective Catalogue (1997), she insightfully proclaims Haring’s oeuvre exists in three periods. In the first, 1979 – 1983 Haring’s heavy lined animator style transforms from paper to “bold, public, large-scale painting and kitsch decoration.” During the second phase, 1984 – 88, Haring transforms his art into vibrant Pop icons, yet does not let go of his own kitschy figures. Finally, Haring’s social awareness and experience with AIDS, the disease that lead to his untimely death at the age of 31, seeps into work".
(Photo images by Me, click each for a larger view and/or to go to Todd Hell's Kitchen's Flickr Page of photos).