Category: aids awareness

Keith Haring attends Steve Rubell’s Funeral Service on July 27, 1989 at Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York City. 

(Photos by Ron Galella)

Keith Haring painting a mural on the Berlin Wall nearby Checkpoint Charlie on October 23, 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.”

Keith Haring painting a mural at Area nightclub, 1985. 

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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.

Beverly Johnson, Billy Dee Williams, and Grace Jones at ‘You Can Do Something About AIDS Benefit’ at Club MK in New York City on June 13, 1988.

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

Klaus Nomi photographed by Peter Noble, 1982.

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

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Keith Haring, William S. Burroughs

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John Giorno in Lawrence, Kansas, 1987.

In September of 1987 a group of visionary poets, artists, and performers representative of the cultural and literary movement known as the Beat Generation gathered in Lawrence, Kansas for a week-long literary festival of readings and diverse activities.

Keith Haring painting a mural on the Berlin Wall nearby Checkpoint Charlie on October 23, 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.”