Today (May 4th, 2012) Google shows Special Doodle on its Homepage for the 54th birth anniversary of Keith Haring, an American Artist. Mouse over on Google Doodle displays the message “Keith Haring’s 54th Birthday (Courtesy the of Keith Haring Foundation)”
Keith 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.
K. Haring was interested in art from an early age. At age 19, in 1978, Haring moved to New York City, where he was inspired by graffiti art, and studied at the School of Visual Arts.
Haring achieved his first public attention with chalk drawings in the subways of New York.
He participated in the Times Square Exhibition and drew animals and human faces.
In 1984, Haring visited Australia and painted wall murals in Melbourne
In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation, its mandate being to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for Haring’s work through exhibitions, publications and the licensing of his images.
Keith Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990.
Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. He produced more than 50 public artworks between 1982 and 1989, in dozens of cities around the world, many of which were created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers and orphanages.
During a brief but intense career that spanned the 1980s, Haring’s work was featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. In 1986 alone, he was the subject of more than 40 newspaper and magazine articles.
Despite the social activism that is commonly associated with the AIDS and Haring’s artwork, one of his most famous pieces, the “Radiant Baby” actually derives its origin from Christianity
Although Keith Haring was raised in a Protestant household, he encountered and voluntarily joined the 1970s “Jesus Movement” in his youth. By his late teens, Haring’s involvement with the Jesus Movement ended, but it still left an influential mark on his art.
Haring’s “Radiant Baby” is also named the “Radiant Child” or “Radiant Christ.” The Radiant Baby first appeared in his work as a subway artist in which he used the piece as his “tag” or signature in most of his works. Haring described the Radiant Baby as the “purest and most positive experience of human existence.”
Watch the below Video to see the various painting works of Keith Haring.
Read below some of the Quotes of Keith Haring.
Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.
My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can.
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