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Keith Haring was an artist that intertwined social activism into every piece of work he produced. Unafraid to bring controversial topics such as sexuality, racism, and socioeconomic disparity into the forefront, Haring is still regarded as one of the most recognizable artists of the 20th century. While immersed in New York City Street and ‘Underground’ culture, Haring understood art could be used to empower others and grow, from the ground up, as a society. “People Ladder, 1985 (Three Lithographs)” is a product of that belief that we as people must do our best to build each other despite social circumstance. Similarly, to most of his other works, Haring attempted to use simple figures and images to convey complex subjects so that any could hear and understand his message. “People Ladder, 1985 (Three Lithographs)” is part of a three-part hand-signed lithograph series and is 32 x 39.5- inches.
Keith Haring was a social activist and artist who wasn’t afraid to depict and publicize controversial topics such as war, sexuality, life, and death with his art. Haring used New York City - the walls, stations, and buildings - as his canvas, creating masterpieces for the public eye. His signature cartoon style combined his outspoken political and social activism place Haring amongst the legends in the art world. Born May 4, 1958, in Reading, Pennsylvania, Haring grew up fascinated by the cartoon art of Walt Disney, Charles Schultz, and even Dr. Seuss. Haring’s father also drew cartoons as a hobby in his free time, inspiring a young Haring to perhaps make his own one day. Eventually, as a grown man, he moved to New York City to enroll at the School of Visual Arts. It is there Haring found his artistic peers and social niche and became acquainted with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, among other individuals in the underground art scene.