Keith Haring

1958 - 1990 · United States

Artist biography

Keith Haring was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s.

Haring's work grew to popularity from his spontaneous drawings in New York City subways – chalk outlines of figures, dogs, and other stylised images-on blank black advertising-space backgrounds. After public recognition he created larger scale works, such as colourful murals, many of them commissioned. His imagery has "become a widely recognised visual language". His later work often addressed political and societal themes – especially homosexuality and AIDS – through his own iconography.

Keith Haring

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