Keith Haring was an American graphic artist and designer, best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings, which he first made in subway stations and later exhibited in museums.
Haring moved to New York City in 1978 and began using the city as his canvas, making chalk drawings in subway stations. He had found a highly effective medium that allowed him to communicate his work with the wider audience and he created white chalk drawings on the unused advertising panels covered with matte black paper in a subway station. He considered the subways to be his ‘laboratory’. Between 1980 and 1985, he produced hundreds of these ‘Subway Drawings’ (one of which is featured in this collection). His signature images included dancing figures, a radiant baby, a barking dog, a flying saucer, large hearts, and figures with televisions for heads. These graffiti drawings became familiar to New York commuters, who would often stop to engage with the artist. He also attracted the attention of the city authorities which arrested him for vandalism on numerous occasions.
The ‘Radiant Baby’ is probably one of Keith Haring’s most famous images and was first seen in his work from the New York subway, where he used the baby symbol as a signature or a tag. Haring described the Radiant Baby as the “purest and most positive experience of human existence.” For Haring, it was a symbol of hope for the future representing youthful innocence, purity, goodness, potential and also his continuing interest in the powers of Jesus.
Haring’s career was short but prolific. Over a period of 10 years, he created paintings, silkscreens, lithographs, aquatints, etchings and embossings. He was featured in more than a hundred solo and group exhibitions and produced more than 50 public artworks in cities around the world many of which were created for charities, orphanages, hospitals and children’s daycare centers. He also designed around 85 posters which are all available in another museum quality collection offered by PAN Art Connections Inc. These included advertisements for exhibitions of his own work as well as cultural events or political issues. Haring was socially conscious, and his murals often reflected his position on social issues. He sought to raise awareness of AIDS and fought against the proliferation of illegal drugs.
67 original signed works.
A rare Subway drawing, complete suites (including ‘Ludo’, ‘Free South Africa’, ‘The Story of Red and Blue’, ‘Stones’, ‘Kalish’), Medusa Head (the largest print in the artist’s oeuvre), Growing #2.
High resolution images, captions, wall texts.
Approx. 100 linear meters (300 linear feet).