Thursday, February 16, 2012

Keith Haring (1958-1990)

["Long Skulled Keith Haring Lawrence Kansas September 9, 1987 Passing thru Burroughs Fiesta" (Ginsberg caption) Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Keith Haring 'untitled, figures representing the aids virus' May 13, 1989. Water color and ink on paper.]

Twenty-two years ago today, the artist Keith Haring passed away. We send you, of course, to the Keith Haring Foundation - "The Keith Haring Foundation was established in 1989 to assist AIDS-related and children's charities, and maintains the largest resource of archives on the late artist..". Check out also their blog here for further updated information.
In March, "Keith Haring: 1978-1982" - "the first large scale exhibition to explore (his) early career", will take place at the Brooklyn Museum.
"Timothy Leary. Andy Warhol. Allen Ginsberg. Grace Jones. Jean-Michel Basquiat. William Burroughs. These, Keith told me one evening, were the persons in his pantheon" (Robert Farris Thompson, in his obituary for Keith Haring in Artforum)

Allen was the proud owner of a number of works by Keith (he can be seen jokingly displaying one of them, the coyly-named "Pals", to Taylor Mead, in this video). ...

[ Keith Haring, 'Pals', black felt tip pen on photograph. AG acquired from Keith Haring, 1989]

A further AG image:

[Keith Haring, half-finished chalk drawing sidewalk outside Kale's Gallery, Lawrence, KS 9/11/1987. Spectra commercial print. (note: Spectra was the commercial photo printer down the block from Allen, so he's stating this was printed there, and not by his regular printers Brian Graham or Sid Kaplan)]

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