Van de Weghe is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Keith Haring (1958-1990), an artist whose bold, graphic line, vivid color, and exuberant imagery is instantly recognizable. Haring's work celebrates human existence while confronting weighty themes including violence, power, and the dehumanizing effect of technology. Haring tragically died of AIDS in 1990. Haring moved from Kutztown, PA to New York to study painting at the School of Visual Arts in 1978. In New York, he found inspiration in the expanding field of art at the time: installation, performance, graffiti art and video in non-conventional or alternative venues like the East Village Club 57 and Mudd Club. In 1980, while at SVA, Haring began making his famous Subway Drawings: techno-primitive Pop imagery in white chalk on black paper pasted alongside paid advertising on platforms. This way of working shaped Haring's practice going forward: the act of drawing was a performance of sorts for an audience of passers-by, done quickly and decisively due to the risk of arrest.
Venue: Van DE Weghe
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