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Free South Africa by Keith Haring

Keith Haring Biography

Keith Haring

Pennsylvania, 1958- New York, 1990

American artist, widely regarded as one of the most recognized names in Graffiti and Pop art.

Trained at the Pittsburgh Center of Arts and the School of Visual Arts, New York, he was a friend of Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Soon after completing school, Haring began experimenting with Graffiti art on the streets of New York.

'Graffiti were the most beautiful things I ever saw,' commented Keith. 'The kids who were doing it were very young and from the streets, but they had this incredible mastery of drawing which totally blew me away. I mean, just the technique of drawing with spray paint is amazing, because it's incredibly difficult to do. And the fluidity of line, and the scale, and always the hard- edged black line that tied the drawings together! It was the line I had been obsessed with since childhood!'

Haring's first show was held in October 1982 at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in SoHo. The exhibition drew some 4,000 people and showed Haring as prolific and electric, with works on the street styles of breakdancing, rap music and graffiti to the sexual freedom of the period and the greater interchange between races.

His style came to be associated with the artistic traditions of Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, and the Americas, with its powerful imagery of social consciousness. Despite his youth and untimely death from AIDS at the age of 31, Haring was invited to show his work - from 1980 to 1985 - at the Bordeaux Contemporary Art Museum in France and at the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands.



Keith Haring: Journey of the Radiant Baby - - Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania, Editions on Paper - - University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Keith Haring: Art & Commerce - - Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, United States

Keith Haring: Paintings, Sculpture, Objects and Drawings - - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States

Against All Odds - - Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida, United States


Keith Haring - - Alpen-Adria Galerie, Klagenfurt, Austria

Keith Haring Sculptures (View Selected Works) - - Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA

Keith Haring (View Selected Works) - - Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, England

Galleria Salvatore Ala, Milan, Italy

Keith Haring: Urban Memory - - Fundacion ICO, Madrid, Spain

Five Keith Haring Sculptures - - Somerset House, London, England

Three Keith Haring Sculptures - - Lever House, New York, New York,

The Keith Haring Show - - La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

Keith Haring Sculptures - - Forum Grimaldi, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Editions on Paper - - Fundacion Canal, Madrid, Spain

Keith Haring: Coloring Book Drawings - - Briggs-Robinson Gallery, New York, New York, United States

L'Art a la Plage #4: Keith Haring - - Galerie Enrico Navarra in cooperation with Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, St Tropez, France


Keith Haring - - Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - - Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal - - Alte Rathaus, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany

The Characters of Keith Haring - - Children's Museum of the Arts, New York, NY, USA

Photos from the Archives: the Artist at Work - - Pop Shop, New York, NY, USA

Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec - - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA

Alona Kagan Gallery, New York, New York,


Keith Haring: Short Message. Posters 1982-1990 - - Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany - - Kunstmuseum, Heidenheim, Germany - - Kunsthaus, Kaufbeuren, Germany

Pop Figuration - - Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA

Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Four Sculptures - - American Academy, Rome, Italy

Two Sculptures - - Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy,

Haring Drawings - - Culturgest, Porto, Portugal

Kagan-Martos Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Keith Haring - - Centro Cutural Banco do Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil - - CCBB, Brasilia, Brazil


Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell (View Selected Works) - - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland

Keith Haring: Tarps - - Van de Weghe Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Sex Show (View Selected Works) - - Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France

Keith Haring: Short Message. Posters 1982-1990 - - Versicherungskammer Bayern, Munich, Germany


Keith Haring Sculptures - - Rome, Italy

The 10 Commandments (View Selected Works) - - Wapping Power Station, London, England

Castello Ursino, Catania, Sicily, Italy

Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell - - Museum fur Neue Kunst/ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Georgetown, Grand Cayman

Paradise Garage - - Deitch Projects, New York City, NY, USA


Keith Haring: the SVA Years - - School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA

Keith Haring - - Isetan Museum, Tokyo, Japan - - Sapporo City Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido, Japan - - Niitsu City Museum, Niigata, Japan - - Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Keith Haring: Sculptures on the Kurfurstendamm - - Berlin Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany

Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy

Keith Haring Sculptures - - Rome, Italy


Keith Haring - - Eki Museum, Kyoto, Japan - - Kurashiki City Museum, Kurashiki, Japan - - Iwaki City Museum, Iwaki, Japan - - Isetan Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Keith Haring Sculptures - - Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California, USA - - Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL, USA

Keith Haring: A Retrospective - - City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France

Keith Haring - - Musee Maillol, Paris, France

Katonah Art Museum, Katonah, NY, USA

Peter Gwyther Gallery, London, England

Casino Knokke, Knokke, Belgium

Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AR, USA

Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA

Keith Haring in Pisa - - Palazzo Lanfranchi, Pisa, Italy


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles, California

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California

The Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida

The Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida

Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Museum of Modern Art, New York City

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City

Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York City

Emily Fisher Landau Foundation, New York City

Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York City

Taft Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Rooseum, Malmo, Sweden

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Nice, France

Musee de l'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

CAPC Musee de l'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland

Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany

Marx Collection, Berlin, Germany

ZKM/Museum fur Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany

Neues Museum Weimar, Germany

Albertina Collection, Vienna, Austria

Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria

Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Austria

Ludwig Collection, Budapest, Hungary

Museum of Contemporary Art, Jerusalem, Israel

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan

The Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan

Benesse House, Naoshima, Japan

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia


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