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About the Work
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. Inspired by the cartoons of his childhood, His artistic style was simplistic, spontaneous, and universally relatable in its iconography; he was a naturally visual storyteller. His characters were often repetitive, emphasizing specific themes through bold colors and patterns. Unfulfilled by commercial or corporate artistic environments, Haring decided to make the city of New York his canvas and aimed to make his work as accessible for the public as possible. From notebooks to large subway murals, Haring always found somewhere to leave his mark on the world through his art. Haring during his short life accumulated a great deal of recognition for his work and activism and will always be remembered as an artist for the people.
As an artist, Haring was profound in the way he used simple images and figures to convey complex concepts and ideas. He sought to unify people through art that discussed the human experience and “Growing, 1988 (#2)” is a powerful example. In this work, you see one pitch black figure diverging into many, all connected by the same lime green outline. Green ‘motion’ lines dance across the red background and two bright green and yellow circles almost project from the body’s center. Through this work, Haring wished to explore the many social aspects that can be found within every individual; identity, social status, race and culture, and how all of these differences can make us one and the same. “Growing, 1988 (#2)” is a 30 x 40 – inch hand signed trial proof screen-print.
About the Artist
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.