First inspired by graffiti, Keith Haring (1958-1990) developed a bold, graphic style by drawing in chalk on the unused advertising spaces in the subway. He attended the Ivy School of Professional art in Pittsburgh, but eventually dropped out due to a disinterest in commercial graphic art and a few years later enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he found a thriving arts community including life long friend Jean-Michel Basquiat. Haring’s illustrative caricatures were distinctive long before his name was known, which is now household for the bold motifs that appeal to the public as well as the marketplace. Haring devoted a large part of his career to public and accessible works, wishing to spread awareness about social issues like the ongoing AIDS epidemic. Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31, with over 1,000 people attending his memorial service.

Haring’s cultural influence on the world at large is indisputable. During his brief but intense career during the 1980s, Haring produced more than 50 public artworks around the world, many created for charities. His imagery allowed a directness and universality that communicated concepts of love, life, death, and disease with the general public as well as the artistic elite. The accessibility and longevity of his iconic imagery is evidenced by the sheer amount of international retrospectives and presence of his works in major museum collections around the world, and perhaps even more so by the reoccurring nature of his imagery in fashion and pop culture.

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