Keith Haring emerged as the shooting star of the New York art scene in the ‘80s. Becoming world famous almost overnight, his simply drawn ﬁgures were soon to be found on watches and cars, T-shirts and shopping bags, turning Haring into one of the best know artists of his generation.
Between 1982 and 1990, Haring designed around 85 posters. These included advertisements for exhibitions of his own work as well as cultural events or political issues. Haring’s drawings themselves incorporate the clear cut lines and reduced features needed for effective posters, which have to stand out and be understood at a glance. The uni-colored backgrounds help to make the outlined ﬁgures and drawings even clearer. The content of the advertisement is apparent in the illustration — the text being of secondary importance.
Haring’s colorful posters, with their precise pictorial language, direct messages, and universal appeal, still exert an incomparable fascination on us to this day.