Keith Haring is tantamount with the New York’s downtown art scene of the 1980’s. Great at Public Art, he was an artist and social activist whose art works depict friendship, fun, feelings, and the imagination, all that captured within thick black lines, bright colors, striking symbols, and unforgettable images. Came from a small town in rural Pennsylvania, Haring revolutionized the art world within little more than a decade. He died of AIDS at the mere age of 31, but his works as public art, exhibiting around the New York streets and subways, always keep him alive and visible to his followers.
Today is May 4, Keith Haring‘s 54th Birth Anniversary. On this auspicious day, lets feel the lightness and irony, pleasure and poignancy, inventiveness and energy, all that he carried throughout his life and works, by reading some appropriate books on him and his works.
If you want to get deeper into Haring’s life and his approach towards society as an artist, you can pick the book, Keith Haring written by Jeffrey Deitch and Julia Gruen. Closely based on Haring’s own concept for the monograph he wanted to publish before his untimely death, this volume represents more than a decade of research and contains a wealth of unpublished photographic and written material including drawings, studio photographs, and journal entries. From chalk drawings deep in the New York City subways to murals in Pisa and Berlin, this book spans the incredible trajectory of Keith Haring’s artistic career.
There is another comprehensive book of the same name that may take you closer to the Haring’s impressive career: Keith Haring compiled by Elizabeth Sussman. This volume, published in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the artist’s birth, serves as a survey of some of Haring’s best known works. It takes the readers through the three turning points of his short yet remarkable career. At first, it presents Haring’s cartooning influences, where thick bold lines are laid down with ink on paper or drawn directly onto empty subway posters. Next come his most iconic works during mid-1980s, when he began to work directly on canvas. And, finally, the book sheds light on Haring’s own social awareness and fight against AIDS.
Now, if you wish to capture the spirits of Keith Haring’s artworks, you can go through either of the following best resources:
Keith Haring Journals – Haring’s artwork, with its simple, bold lines and dynamic figures in motion, filtered into the world’s consciousness and is still instantly recognizable, after twenty years of his sad demise. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of his original work features ninety black-and-white images of classic artwork and never-before-published Polaroid images, offering a remarkable glimpse of a man who in his quest to become an artist, became an icon.
Keith Haring: Future Primeval – This book captures almost all the remarkable works of Keith Haring, from his quick-draw graffiti art on black paper covering unsold advertising spaces in New York subways, to his large-scale canvases/murals, and decorative & pop art output. Contributors to the text include William Burroughs and Timothy Leary. This book is a comprehensive resource to go on a trip to the places of his Public Arts, carrying strong social messages, while sitting at home.
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