Category: 1958-1990

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Keith Haring photographed by Yann Gamblin

in his studio, October 1989. 

In 1988, Haring 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. Haring died in New York on February 16, 1990, of AIDS-related complications. He was 31 years old.

Keith Haring in front of his mural on the Berlin Wall, October 1986.

On August 31, 1961 construction started on the Berlin Wall, tearing apart the German capital. Until its demolition in 1989, the Wall was a symbol of Soviet oppression and a literal representation of the ‘Iron Curtain’ between East and West. During the rise of the graffiti art movement in the 1980s, the West Berlin side of the Wall became a Mecca for street artists. Keith Haring, the New York artist credited with bridging the gap between the street and the gallery, was invited by the Director of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum to paint on the Wall. Haring created a 350-foot mural, intended to symbolism the solidarity of the divided peoples of Berlin.

In Haring’s words: “I decided on a subject, which is a continuous interlocking chain of human figures, who are connected at their hands and their feet – the chain obviously representing the unity of people as against the idea of the wall. I paint this in the colors of the German flag – black, red and yellow.”

(Photos by Tseng Kwong Chi)

Keith Haring painting a mural in Barcelona on February 27, 1989.

Keith Haring as Santa Claus (1987)

Photo by Marcus Leatherdale

  

Keith Haring installing his mural in the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on March 15, 1984

Keith Haring and Andy Warhol at the opening night of the Palladium nightclub in New York City, May 1985.

Keith Haring photographed by William Coupon, 1988.

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Keith Haring photographed

by Baptiste Lignel in his studio on October 30, 1988.

Keith Haring with his collaborator, graffiti artist Angel Oritz (LA II) in 1982.

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Keith Haring

at opening of his Pop Shop at 292 Lafayette Street in Soho, 1986.