on thursday i was in munich to see the Exhibition about work and life of Keith haring
a Focus is put on the political and sociocritical aspect of his work.
a broad spectrum of his Oeuvre is shown and you really leave this Exhibition with a deeper knowledge of his artistic life - which was so much more than "drawing Comics".
i highly recommend to visit this Exhibition if you have the Chance...
lots of big formats like this one:
i always rent an audio-guide for These exhibitions, you get to know so much more about the interpretations.
(i also most times buy the catalogs, they are cheaper than ordering them via Amazon etc)
photographing of most Pictures was allowed (without Flash)
he was a Close friend to Andy Warhol:
among his sculptures also were totem-like works:
he "altered" real Money with his own photo...
of course it grew in value far behind the original amount;)
the crowns were Haring's homage to his friend Jean-Michel Basquiat following his untimely death.
Basquiat's crowns, an icon repeated throughout his works, here becomes a heartfelt rememberance from his fellow New York City Artist.
acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 x 120 in. 1988
another large triangle, influenced by his AIDS-diagnosis:
"silence = death"
Here Haring portrays multiple figures covering their eyes, mouths, and ears. The piece is intended to illustrate the oppression and invisibility that AIDS victims felt in the 1980s. Works like Haring's helped to give those living with AIDS more visibility at a time when many were suffering in absolute silence, with no voice, no visibility and no support from those around them. In Silence=Death, the figures are all laid over a pink triangle, a symbol associated with homosexual men. Originally used during the Holocaust, the pink triangle was used to signify those who were being targeted for their homosexuality. Since then, the symbol has often been reclaimed and re-appropriated by the gay rights movement. The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) also used the symbol starting in 1987.