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Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)

Settled in New York at the age of 18, Keith Haring soon discovers the underground scene and, influenced by street art, he creates his first works that establish his trademark imagery made of babies, dogs, hearts and genitals. Soon remarked and celebrated, Keith Haring becomes a popular and successful artist who manages to combine consumption and creativity in the most extreme pop art concept. A subversive, he delivers an apparently simple and joyful work that hides political and social messages. When he discovers he is ill from the AIDS disease, he turns into an international spokesman who urges young people to protect themselves and when he dies, he yet remains the young clownish figure adorned in round glasses and denim shorts. When most teenagers assimilate Keith Haring to funky t-shirts and school pencil cases, the art world recognizes a visual choc that raised questions and emotional messages.

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Keith Haring, 1985 by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Keith Haring, 1985 by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Keith Haring in his studio
Keith Haring in his studio
May 1985, Keith Haring crouches down to paint a huge backdrop for the Palladium Club in New York City. Photo by Bernard Gotfryd/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)  Bernard Gotfryd © Getty Images
May 1985, Keith Haring crouches down to paint a huge backdrop for the Palladium Club in New York City. Photo by Bernard Gotfryd/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Bernard Gotfryd © Getty Images
Keith Haring by Annie Leibovitz
Keith Haring by Annie Leibovitz
Keith Haring's Pop Shop. Photo by Charles Dolfi-Michels. Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation.
Keith Haring's Pop Shop. Photo by Charles Dolfi-Michels. Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation.
Keith Haring and Madonna, New York, 1989. Courtesy Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon. © Estate of Keith Haring, New York
Keith Haring and Madonna, New York, 1989. Courtesy Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon. © Estate of Keith Haring, New York
Andy Warhol flanked by Kenny Scharf, left, and Keith Haring at Elizabeth Saltzman's party, 1986 by Patrick McMullan
Andy Warhol flanked by Kenny Scharf, left, and Keith Haring at Elizabeth Saltzman's party, 1986 by Patrick McMullan
Keith Haring by Patrick McMullan
Keith Haring by Patrick McMullan
Keith Haring and Caroline de Monaco, Monte Carlo 1989 © Estate of Keith Haring
Keith Haring and Caroline de Monaco, Monte Carlo 1989 © Estate of Keith Haring
Keith Haring © Estate of Keith Haring
Keith Haring © Estate of Keith Haring
Keith Haring, 1981 by Chantal Regnault © Estate of Keith Haring
Keith Haring, 1981 by Chantal Regnault © Estate of Keith Haring
Keith Haring & Juan Dubose, 1983 by Andy Warhol
Keith Haring & Juan Dubose, 1983 by Andy Warhol
Keith Haring & Juan Dubose, 1983 by Andy Warhol
Keith Haring & Juan Dubose, 1983 by Andy Warhol
 Keith Haring New York City, Larry Ashton
Keith Haring New York City, Larry Ashton
Keith Haring by Peter Bellamy
Keith Haring by Peter Bellamy
Keith Haring, New York 1988, by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring, New York 1988, by Tseng Kwong Ching
New York artists Keith Haring and Andy Warhol flash their offering, a graffitied, silk screened Madonna front page by Peter Serling
New York artists Keith Haring and Andy Warhol flash their offering, a graffitied, silk screened Madonna front page by Peter Serling
Keith Haring in his studio, New York City, 1985. Photo by Janette Beckman © Getty Images
Keith Haring in his studio, New York City, 1985. Photo by Janette Beckman © Getty Images
Keith Haring, 1984 by Jack Mitchell
Keith Haring, 1984 by Jack Mitchell
Grace Jones by Keith Haring, 1984 by Robert Mapplethorpe, Tate / National Galleries of Scotland
Grace Jones by Keith Haring, 1984 by Robert Mapplethorpe, Tate / National Galleries of Scotland
Keith haring
Keith haring
Keith haring painting Grace Jones, 1984 by Andy Warhol
Keith haring painting Grace Jones, 1984 by Andy Warhol
Keith Haring, half-finished chalk drawing sidewalk outside Kale's Gallery, Lawrence, KS 9/11/1987. Spectra commercial print by Allen Ginsberg 
24. Keith Haring holding outsize paintbrushes in his studio, New York City
Keith Haring, half-finished chalk drawing sidewalk outside Kale's Gallery, Lawrence, KS 9/11/1987. Spectra commercial print by Allen Ginsberg 24. Keith Haring holding outsize paintbrushes in his studio, New York City
Keith haring by Janette Beckman © Getty Images
Keith haring by Janette Beckman © Getty Images
Keith Haring by Tseng Kwong Ching © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York.
Keith Haring by Tseng Kwong Ching © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York.
Keith Haring, 1989 by Gottfried Helwein
Keith Haring, 1989 by Gottfried Helwein
Keith Haring working by Elinor Verhnes
Keith Haring working by Elinor Verhnes
Keith Haring in Dusseldorf, 1987 by Jansen
Keith Haring in Dusseldorf, 1987 by Jansen
Keith haring by Andy Warhol
Keith haring by Andy Warhol
Keith haring painting Grace Jones, 1984 by Andy Warhol
Keith haring painting Grace Jones, 1984 by Andy Warhol
Keith haring painting Grace Jones, 1984 by Andy Warhol
Keith haring painting Grace Jones, 1984 by Andy Warhol
Keith Haring, New York, c. 1985 by Tseng Kwong Chi © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York. Artwork by Keith Haring. © Keith Haring Foundation, New York.
Keith Haring, New York, c. 1985 by Tseng Kwong Chi © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York. Artwork by Keith Haring. © Keith Haring Foundation, New York.
Bill T. Jones, body painted by Keith Haring, London, England, 1983 by Tseng Kwong Chi © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York
Bill T. Jones, body painted by Keith Haring, London, England, 1983 by Tseng Kwong Chi © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York
Keith haring
Keith haring
Keith Haring and Brooke Shields photographed by Richard Avedon
Keith Haring and Brooke Shields photographed by Richard Avedon
 Keith Haring with model at Studio 54, ca. 1985, Andy warhol
Keith Haring with model at Studio 54, ca. 1985, Andy warhol
Keith Haring, 1984 by Robert Mapplethorpe
Keith Haring, 1984 by Robert Mapplethorpe
Dean Zimmerman, Keith Haring and [tongue of] Joe Dietrich, Studio 54, circa 1984 by Andy warhol
Dean Zimmerman, Keith Haring and [tongue of] Joe Dietrich, Studio 54, circa 1984 by Andy warhol
Actress Debbie M., artist Keith Haring, actress Sandra Bernhard, singer Madonna, artist Kenny Scharf, rock musician Bob Weir and bassist Rob Wasserman on stage, waving to the audience at the Don't Bungle the Jungle! rain forest benefit Brooklyn, NY, may 1989. Photo by Albert Ferreira 
© DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.
Actress Debbie M., artist Keith Haring, actress Sandra Bernhard, singer Madonna, artist Kenny Scharf, rock musician Bob Weir and bassist Rob Wasserman on stage, waving to the audience at the Don't Bungle the Jungle! rain forest benefit Brooklyn, NY, may 1989. Photo by Albert Ferreira © DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.
Us-American Artists Jenny Holzer and Keith Haring In front of their Installation for the Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, 1986 by Didi Sattmann © Getty Images
Us-American Artists Jenny Holzer and Keith Haring In front of their Installation for the Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, 1986 by Didi Sattmann © Getty Images
Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and Keith Haring as they attend a American Foundation for Aids Research fundraiser at the Jacob Javits Center, New York, New York, May 1, 1986. Both Warhol & Haring wear buttons that read 'To Care is to Cure'.  © DMI/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and Keith Haring as they attend a American Foundation for Aids Research fundraiser at the Jacob Javits Center, New York, New York, May 1, 1986. Both Warhol & Haring wear buttons that read 'To Care is to Cure'. © DMI/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Keith Haring Chalks Japanese Street, january 1987 by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring Chalks Japanese Street, january 1987 by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring In Puerto Rico, 1987, by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring In Puerto Rico, 1987, by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring paints the original version of his 'Crack is Wack' mural on the wall of a hand ball court in a public park (at East 128th Street and 2nd Avenue, alongside Harlem River Drive), New York, summer 1986. This first version of the mural, painted in response to the then-ongoing epidemic of crack cocaine usage in New York, was executed illegally and was subsequently completely repainted with different imagery (and legally, with the blessing of the city's government who renamed the park the 'Crack is Wack Playground') at least once by Haring in the following months by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring paints the original version of his 'Crack is Wack' mural on the wall of a hand ball court in a public park (at East 128th Street and 2nd Avenue, alongside Harlem River Drive), New York, summer 1986. This first version of the mural, painted in response to the then-ongoing epidemic of crack cocaine usage in New York, was executed illegally and was subsequently completely repainted with different imagery (and legally, with the blessing of the city's government who renamed the park the 'Crack is Wack Playground') at least once by Haring in the following months by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring At Christmas, mid to late 1980s by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring At Christmas, mid to late 1980s by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring in a clown nose, orange wig, and matching body paint, mid to late 1980s by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring in a clown nose, orange wig, and matching body paint, mid to late 1980s by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
 Keith Haring holds a a neon light tube between his legs as he clowns around with an unidentified couple, mid to late 1980s by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring holds a a neon light tube between his legs as he clowns around with an unidentified couple, mid to late 1980s by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring Work In Studio mid to late 1980s by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
Keith Haring Work In Studio mid to late 1980s by Juan Rivera/Roulette © Getty Images
keith Haring working on a mural at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, 1984. Haring's mural temporarily replaces the water curtain at the gallery  by Polly Borland © Getty Images
keith Haring working on a mural at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, 1984. Haring's mural temporarily replaces the water curtain at the gallery by Polly Borland © Getty Images
Keith Haring working on a mural at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, 1984. Haring's mural temporarily replaces the water curtain at the gallery  by Polly Borland © Getty Images
Keith Haring working on a mural at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, 1984. Haring's mural temporarily replaces the water curtain at the gallery by Polly Borland © Getty Images
Grace Jones by Keith Haring, 1984 by Robert Mapplethorpe, Tate/ National Galleries of Scotland
Grace Jones by Keith Haring, 1984 by Robert Mapplethorpe, Tate/ National Galleries of Scotland
Keith Haring New York City, Larry Ashton
Keith Haring New York City, Larry Ashton
Keith Haring by Leonore Seroka
Keith Haring by Leonore Seroka
Keith Haring, New York, c. 1984. by Tseng Kwong Chi © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York. Artwork by Keith Haring © Keith Haring Foundation, New York.
Keith Haring, New York, c. 1984. by Tseng Kwong Chi © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York. Artwork by Keith Haring © Keith Haring Foundation, New York.
Bill T. Jones, body painted by Keith Haring, London, England, 1983 by Tseng Kwong Chi
Bill T. Jones, body painted by Keith Haring, London, England, 1983 by Tseng Kwong Chi
Keith Haring, New York 1988, by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring, New York 1988, by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring's Birthday Party, Paris, France, 1987, by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring's Birthday Party, Paris, France, 1987, by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring (5th Avenue Subway), c. 1984 by Tseng Kwong Chi
Keith Haring (5th Avenue Subway), c. 1984 by Tseng Kwong Chi
Keith Haring (on potty), 1984 by Tseng Kwong Chi
Keith Haring (on potty), 1984 by Tseng Kwong Chi
Keith Haring, New York 1983, by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring, New York 1983, by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring
Keith Haring
Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat by Andy Warhol
Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat by Andy Warhol
keith Haring & Grace Jones by Andy Warhol
keith Haring & Grace Jones by Andy Warhol
Grace Jones painting by Keith Haring by Andy Warhol
Grace Jones painting by Keith Haring by Andy Warhol
Grace Jones painting by Keith Haring by Andy Warhol
Grace Jones painting by Keith Haring by Andy Warhol
Keith Haring by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring
Keith Haring
Keith Haring by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring by Tseng Kwong Ching
Keith Haring by Tseng Kwong Ching
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