Keith Haring’s brilliantly instant paintings and images are some of the most recognizable of any artist, ever. Out of all the artists that emerged from the New York graffiti scene in the late ‘70s and 80s, it’s Haring who has had the greatest pop impact. Today his work has acquired extra relevance – Haring was an early and very vocal exponent of diversity who fought all forms of prejudice through his art. He was, and remains, universally loved. In this sparky new look at Haring’s life, we get to really know the Haring behind the iconography: where he grew up, the places in NYC he loved to hang out, his art on the New York subway, the artists he partied with, his battles for the LGBQT community and his moving campaigns against the prejudice surrounding HIV/AIDS, from which he tragically died aged just 31.
The New-York Historical Society is proud to have on display the ceiling of Keith Haring;s famous SoHo Pop Shop