Archive: Keith Haring
The story behind Keith Haring’s subversive Berlin Wall mural

The story behind Keith Haring’s subversive Berlin Wall mural

Keith Haring painting the Berlin Wall, photo Peter Matera
Keith Haring painting his Berlin Wall Mural, 1986
Photo: Peter Matera

Introduction

As an outspoken social rights activist, Keith Haring was not one to shy away from controversy. His Berlin Wall Mural is just that – controversial and provocative. In fact, Haring himself told The New York Times1 that the mural was a “subversive” act that was meant to make a political statement, and help on a psychological level destroy the Berlin Wall.

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From illegal to protected: Keith Haring’s ‘Crack is Wack’ mural

From illegal to protected: Keith Haring’s ‘Crack is Wack’ mural

Keith Haring - Crack is Wack, 1986
Keith HaringCrack 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.

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Walls covered with hundreds of red tags – Barry McGee

Walls covered with hundreds of red tags – Barry McGee

Barry McGee - Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Barry McGee – Detail of mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
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Barry McGee’s tag mural in New York

In August 2010 Barry McGee (aka Twist) and Josh Lazcano (aka Amaze) painted a mural on the iconic corner of Houston & Bowery in New York’s Lower East Side, covering the wall with hundreds of red tags, filling it up with the names and crews of different graffiti writers.

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These are all cars that Keith Haring ever painted on

These are all cars that Keith Haring ever painted on

Keith Haring, 1987, Red BMW Z1, Hans Mayer Gallery, Duesseldorf, Germany

Keith Haring - Untitled (Car), 1986, Enamel on 1963 Buick Special
Keith HaringUntitled (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 at the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh for two semesters.

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This is why Keith Haring got arrested numerous times

This is why Keith Haring got arrested numerous times

Keith Haring - Subway drawing New York
Keith Haring – Subway Drawings

Keith Haring’s subway art

In the early 1980s Keith Haring created hundreds of drawings in the New York subway system. He used chalk to paint on unused advertising space, which was covered with black sheets of paper. Haring was caught and fined numerous times.

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