Keith Haring

I sat for a while trying to think up a clever title for this post – but I realized that his name is enough.

If you don’t know who Keith Haring is – please find out ASAP.

I have a collection of his memoirs I stole from my job (What?! I work at a book publishing company) – but I am really fiending for this new collection of photographs of his original artwork. Too bad it’s $100 – but worth every penny – maybe Santa will be good to me this year.

Keith HaringBy Jeffrey Deitch, Suzanne Geiss and Julia Gruen, Rizzoli

When artist Keith Haring died of an AIDS-related disease in 1990 (at the painfully young age of 31), the art world lost one of its most prolific and informed voices. In a little over a decade, Haring’s cartoon-like hieroglyphics used bold color and simple figures to tackle social issues like HIV activism, apartheid and the crumbling state of New York City in the 1980s. Keith Haring, based on the artist’s own concept of a monograph he wanted to publish before his death, showcases more than 600 photographs of Haring’s work, all documenting an era in NYC’s history that also featured cultural contributions by Warhol, Basquiat and Madonna. Each section begins with Haring’s own words, as he describes photos or talks the reader through his artistic process. But the book’s soul is in the artwork itself — and this volume has plenty of heart.

And if you don’t know, now you know.


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