Keith Haring

Born Keith Allen Haring on 4 May 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, Keith Haring was a painter, a street artist, a social rights activist, and an avid HIV/AIDS Awareness movement advocate, all wrapped into one. He is considered one of the most prolific American pop artists of our time. Haring is best known for graffiti-like paintings and art that grew out of the NYC street culture of the 1980s.

Keith Haring was known for whipping up colorful and artistic murals on New York streets and subways. From the early 1980s, Haring started organizing exhibitions at the famous Club 57. His artworks have been the subject of shows at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Barry McGee’s tag murals – Walls covered with hundreds of red tags

When the iconic gallerist Jeffrey Deitch swapped the East Coast for West Coast, many wondered about the state of street art in New York City. Granted, the newer generation of gallerists such as Joshua Liner and Jonathan Levine had become preeminent curators with their fresh take on street art. However, with his unlimited resources, Deitch …

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