A tribute to the artist, from graffiti to the Guggenheim.
One of the most recognized artists of the 1980s, Keith Haring channeled ancient cave paintings and graffiti to create a universal symbolism that could reach anyone. Starting his career drawing white chalk outlines on blank advertising spaces in New York City subway stations, he was arrested for vandalism several times, but reached a huge audience, including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, leading to shows at the documenta 7 and countless international art festivals.
His signature bold lines, vivid colors and dynamic figures straddled high and low art, with early influences including Walt Disney and the Looney Tunes; the result was a naïve style and homebrewed symbolism with recurring themes and characters like the “glowing baby” featuring widely throughout his work. With strong messages against violence, oppression and prejudice, Haring used his art to address political and social issues such as Apartheid in South Africa, nuclear annihilation and crack cocaine, with a particular focus on HIV and safe sex – Haring was one of the early and most prominent victims of AIDS, passing away 1n 1990 at only 31 years old.
This retrospective honors the artist on what would have been his 60th birthday, with around 100 works from international museums and private collections.
Mar 16 – Jun 24, Albertina 1., Albertinaplatz 1, albertina.at