Keith Haring – Crack is Wack, 1986, handball court at 128th Street and 2nd Avenue, New York
The story behind ‘Crack is Wack’
Keith Haring came up with his celebrated Crack Is Wack mural in 1986, at a deserted handball court located along the Harlem River Drive. The images of his double-sided mural were taken by a photographer known as Juan Rivera. Of course, since the mural was created in 1986, the spot at Harlem River Drive has since been repainted and buffed after the original mural was vandalized.
Like many other street artists of the time, Haring chose a spot that had the largest potential for visibility. The wall was the perfect spot because it had the appearance of a large billboard; like some of the ones that you would typically see on a busy highway.
Keith Haring – Untitled (Car), 1986, Enamel on 1963 Buick Special
About Keith Karing
Keith Haring was born in Reading Pennsylvania on May 4, 1958 and grew up in nearby Kutztown, Pennsylvania. His passion for art began at a young age and following high school graduation he enrolled in the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh for two semesters.