Untitled (Two Dancing Figures)
Keith Haring was born in Kutztown, Pennsylvania in 1958. He moved to New York City in 1976 to study in the School of Visual Arts, where he developed his trademark graffiti-inspired style. During the 1980s, he found a space for expression in the New York subway, where he created marker drawings on walls and advertisements. These drawings would eventually evolve into paintings, large-scale murals and varied art objects in which a myriad of interlocking cartoon-style figures would interact, in often fantastic fashion. Haring’s involvement in the New York club culture of the 1970s and 1980s provided him with a variety of motifs and imagery from contemporary life to incorporate into his bold, colorful works. Haring further blended the boundaries between high and low art when he opened The Pop Shop, where he sold multiple products with what became popular motifs. After being diagnosed with AIDS in the latter part of the 80s, the political element of Haring’s work became strong, as a means to promote awareness about the disease.
Before his death in 1990, Keith Haring exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions were held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France in 2008, and at the Fundacion Caixa Galicia in Ferrol, Spain in 2007. He also had exhibitions in major institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the Kunsthalle in Cologne. In 2008 after ten years of research Rizzoli published a comprehensive monograph of Haring’s work, which is closely based on the concept the artist himself wanted to publish before his death.