Keith Harring

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Self Portrait 1989 Collection of Estate of Keith Haring Courtesy: André Emmerich Gallery

This On-line Haring Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is presented by the Queer Cultural Center with the permission of The Keith Haring Estate and the San Francisco Art Commission, which sponsored the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in San Francisco from May 8 – September 8, 1998.

All photographic images are courtesy of Rudy Lemcke and are presented here with the permission of The Keith Haring Estate.

Funding for this Summer’s Haring Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in San Francisco was generously provided by : Grants for the Arts/SF Hotel Tax Fund, The San Francisco Fund for Public Sculpture, and the Haring Foundation. Sculptures courtesy of André Emmerich Gallery, The Estate of Keith Haring, and the Collection of Martin and Janet Blinder.

The Keith Haring Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition was organized and sponsored by the San Francisco Art Commission.

Special thanks to: The Department of Recreation and Parks, Muni, The Port of San Francisco, Pier 39, Moscone Convention Center, The War Memorial, and Grace Cathedral for the use of sculpture locations within their jurisdictions. ©Estate of Keith Haring.


Perhaps the emblematic artist of the eighties, Keith Haring’s career had all the makings of a Hollywood drama–obscure beginnings, skyrocketing fame, celebrities galore and an early, tragic death. With his trademark attention grabbing style, penchant for high profile friendships and deliberate popularization of his work through murals, public sculpture, graffiti drawings and clothing designs, Haring–the man and his work–rapidly entered public conciousness in the early and mid 80’s. By the end of the decade, he was in the minds of many heir apparent to Andy Warhol as the most widely recognized artist in the world.

This celebrity was no accident. On the contrary, Haring aggressively pursued a deliberate socio-political strategem to make an art accessible to people, seeking to blur the built-in class hierarchy that is surely one of the major market forces in the contemporary art world. While he was exhibiting drawings in major galleries and museums in New York, he was executing similar drawings in public space which were classified as graffitti by the local authorities. At a certain moment in New York, you could see original Haring’s at both the Whitney in New York and the subway that took you there.

Without a doubt, this populist strategy had its own marketing hook, and Haring was a masterful promoter of Haring. But any purely cynical reading of Haring’s populism must take into account his many donated works, his genuine joy at collaborating with children and his oft-stated anxiety over the price of his spiralling fame. Equally, Haring sought to bring his celebrity to bear in pursuit of causes about which he felt deeply–Queer equality, AIDS, racism, children’s right to happiness–among many other pressing social issues. This melding of an interest in sexuality, anti-racism and children, though as politically volatile in the Eighties as it is today, never led Haring to back down on one issue in deference to another. He insisted on the absolute appropriateness of a gay man with AIDS working with children. In this sense, this most New York of artists embraced a very San Francisco mentality, refusing the oppressive compartmentalization of our queer lives.

How right then that this gay artist would, nearly a decade after his death, become the darling of San Francisco’s distinctly heterogeneous art public. In a city where nearly every public sculpture proposal is greeted with a range of discordant voices, Haring’s work has been universally celebrated.

Bringing people together through public art was a major preoccupation of Haring’s. Despite early art school flirtations with a theory heavy practice, mature work like these sculptures display a deft lightness of touch and a chameleon-like ability to insinuate themselves into their locale. Though cast abroad, they have quickly become, in every sense of the word, local.

Jonathan Katz Ph.D.


Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) 1989
Untitled
(Figure on Baby) 1987
Red Dog 1985
Julia 1987
Blue Curling Rigure 1985 Yellow Arching Figure 1985
Untitle (Figure Balancing Dog) 1986 Untitled (S-Man) 1987


Links

The official site of the Keith Haring Foundation which was established in 1989 to assist AIDS-related  and children’s charities, and maintains the largest resource of archives from the late artist, Keith Haring. Also, the most significant resource for information on the life of the artist as well as several galleries, links to additional sites and extras.

 http://www.haring.com/

The internet’s all too useful encyclopedic site contains an extensive biography as well as further reference sources and links to other sites.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Haring

Artcyclopedia.com; Our mission is to become the definitive and most effective guide to museum-quality fine art on the Internet: We only provide references to sites on the World Wide Web where artists’ works can be viewed online. For calendars of real-world museum exhibits, try a resource such as Gallery Guide Online, or Traditional Fine Arts Online, or the Art Museum Network’s ExCalendar, all of which seem to do an excellent job.

  http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/haring_keith.html

A representation of one of many public commissions from cities worldwide requiring the art of Keith Haring for murals and sculptures, this one in particular belonging to the city of Pisa, Italy.

 http://www.comune.pisa.it/turismo/itinerari/haring-gb.htm

Very nice exhibition in Milan, Italy at triennale de milano from the 28th of September 2005 all through the 29th of January 2006. Offered by designboom featuring education, history, interviews and shopping for the design of contemporary living.

 http://www.designboom.com/history/haring.html

A very special tribute to Keith Haring which shares with we the public an extensive gallery of a variety of images and sculptures featuring some that are rarely seen.

 http://www.butterbrot.de/haring/keithharingstart.html

Artnet is the place to buy, sell and research fine art online. Our online Gallery Network is the largest of its kind, with over 1,200 galleries in over 250 cities worldwide, more than 100,000 works by over 25,000 artists from around the globe. The Network serves dealers and art buyers alike by providing a survey of the market and its pricing trends, as well as the means to communicate instantly, inexpensively and globally. The web pages devoted to Keith Haring contain an astonishing 124 beautifully represented images.

 http://www.artnet.com/artist/7823/keith-haring.html