I finally got a chance to go to the Keith Haring exhibit that’s just finishing up tomorrow at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. I’ve been meaning to go for a while, but since I’m working full time while I’m here, it’s hard to find an afternoon free. Today, being the weekend, was one such afternoon.
A short blurb on Haring, who was (quite openly) gay, from Wikipedia:
Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death and war. Haring’s imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century.
The exhibit was rather huge, and devoted to looking at Haring’s politics and its influence on his art. With a number of quite large pieces. It also included some sculpture, a few vases, and even a modern chair. I didn’t realize that Haring did anything other than the large paintings/drawings.
The works were presented in chronological order, which was interesting to see since in his final years – knowing he was dying from complications associated with AIDS, Haring’s work became rather frenetic, much more complicated, and angrier, than before (IMHO).
The paintings below aren’t in any particular order. But it’s a pretty good guess the super complicated ones are his later works. And I took some of the photos in a quasi-b/w – my own interpretation of Haring’s work, though most of the ones I took in b/w I also included in color.