Keith Haring

Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century.

Art Exhibition previously on at Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, United States.
From Friday 16 March 2012 to Sunday 08 July 2012

Untitled image Self-Portrait with Glasses Painted by Kenny Scharf image Untitled (Exhibition Continues 163 Mercer Street) image Untitled image Untitled image Untitled Journal Drawing image Still from Painting Myself into a Corner  image Flyer for Des Refusés at Westbeth Painters Space, New York City image Manhattan Penis Drawings for Ken Hicks image Untitled image Untitled image Mudd Club ID image Journal Entry image Untitled Subway Drawing 3 image Untitled Subway Drawing 2 image Untitled Subway Drawing 1 image Untitled Notebook Page image Painting Myself into a Corner image

Published by Brooklyn Museum on Saturday 10 March 2012.
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Tracing the development of Haring’s extraordinary visual vocabulary, the exhibition includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs.

The exhibition chronicles the period in Haring’s career from his arrival in New York City through the years when he started his studio practice and began making public and political art on the city streets. Immersing himself in New York’s downtown culture, he quickly became a fixture on the artistic scene, befriending other artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, as well as many of the most innovative cultural figures of the period. The critical role that these relationships played in Haring’s development as a public artist and facilitator of group exhibitions and performances is also explored. Pieces on view include a number of very early works never before seen in public; seven video pieces, including Painting Myself into a Corner (his first video piece) and Tribute to Gloria Vanderbilt; and collages created from cut-up fragments of his own writing, history textbooks, and newspapers.

Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is curated by Raphaela Platow. The exhibition is co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, and the Kunsthalle Wien. The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Project Curator, and Patrick Amsellem, former Associate Curator of Photography, Brooklyn Museum.

This exhibition is made possible by Lisa and Dick Cashin with additional support provided by the Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia Contemporary Art Exhibition Fund.