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 Keith Allen Haring

Keith Allen Haring

Birth
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Feb 1990 (aged 31)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered in a field near Bowers, Pennsylvania
Memorial ID 3479 · View Source
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Artist. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania to Allen and Joan Haring. As a child Keith was fascinated by the cartoon art of Walt Disney and Charles Schultz and the illustrations of Dr. Seuss. He spent many hours drawing. After graduating from high school in 1976, Keith briefly attended the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, dropping out after two semesters. In 1978, he decided to return to school, moving to New York City to enroll at the School of Visual Arts. Upon arrival in New York, Keith began using the city as his canvas. Riding the subway, he noticed the black paper rectangles of empty advertising panels on station walls; using white chalk, he began filling these black panels with simple, quickly drawn pictures. His signature images included dancing figures, a "radiant baby" (a crawling infant emitting rays of light), a barking dog, a flying saucer, large hearts, and figures with televisions for heads. Between 1980 and 1989, Keith achieved international recognition and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His first solo exhibition in New York.was held at the Westbeth Painters Space in 1981. In 1982, he made his Soho gallery debut with an immensely popular and highly acclaimed one-man exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery. During this period, he also participated in renowned international survey exhibitions such as Documenta 7 in Kassel; the São Paulo Biennial; and the Whitney Biennial. Haring completed numerous public projects in the first half of the 80's as well, ranging from an animation for the Spectacolor billboard in Times Square, designing sets and backdrops for theaters and clubs, developing watch designs for Swatch and an advertising campaign for Absolut vodka; and creating murals worldwide. Throughout his career, Keith devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. Much of his work was created for charities, hospitals, children's day care centers and orphanages. The now famous Crack is Wack mural of 1986 has become a landmark along New York's FDR Drive. Other projects include; a mural created for the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, on which Keith worked with 900 children; a mural on the exterior of Necker Children's Hospital in Paris, France in 1987; and a mural painted on the western side of the Berlin Wall three years before its fall. He also held drawing workshops for children in schools and museums in New York, Amsterdam, London, Tokyo and Bordeaux, and produced imagery for many literacy programs and other public service campaigns. In 1988, Keith was diagnosed with AIDS. The following year, he created the Keith Haring Foundation to support children's programs and organizations dedicated to raising AIDS awareness. He was 31 at the time of his death.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 20 Aug 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3479
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Keith Allen Haring (4 May 1958–16 Feb 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3479, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered in a field near Bowers, Pennsylvania.