His hope was selling a moderately priced “art perch” so people of all incomes would be able to afford his work. A month alone, the work of the Pennsylvania-born artist managed to cross-pollinate popular culture, fashion and the art world in profound ways. Sadly though, Mr. Haring died of AIDS-related from complications in 1990 at the age of 31. His famous quote about his craft stays on saying “Art is nothing if you don’t reach the people”. It is as prophetic as ever. Decades after passing away, Haring’s work is still influencing culture and reaching a wide audience that covers the fashion retail, music scene, and a huge number of public spaces. That’s the photo (below) of Pop Artist Keith Haring on the right. He was 11 years old when he had his first Keith Haring body painting encounter.
The second grouping (Below) on the left takes in Grace Jones with a designed print in 1987. In 1986 Keith Haring is standing in front of The Berlin Wall he apparently painted with a crawling baby. Haring’s work, untitled, April 1982.
Grace Jones said “This could be the key/ and this may be the door to a new generation of club children.”
<Our time comes from Toronto’s GLOBE AND MAIL – ‘Arts and Pursuits’. plus Getty Images.>