Keith Haring...

may 4, 1958
keith haring
was born!

“When youth culture becomes monopolised by big business,
what are the youth to do?”

Radio Dept.

may 4, 1958

keith haring
was born!

Happy Birthday

Keith Haring's work has meant a lot to me
for different reasons over the years.
His squiggles, spray painted linework, and the
ability to bring art out of the gallery and into the streets where
everyone could participate continues to make me smile.

The urgency of his message & art;
and his zest for living are great reminders that life is short. ...

In the words of David Bowie,
and as a tribute to Keith....

let's dance!


"Let's dance put on your red shoes
and dance the blues
Let's dance to the song they're playin' on the radio
Let's dance for fear your grace should fall
Let's dance for fear tonight is all"


the pop up shop!
before there were 5 million pop up shops!

In April 1986, Haring opened the Pop Shop, a retail store in Soho selling T-shirts, toys, posters, buttons and magnets bearing his images. Haring considered the shop to be an extension of his work and painted the entire interior of the store in an abstract black on white mural, creating a striking and unique retail environment. The shop was intended to allow people greater access to his work, which was now readily available on products at a low cost. The shop received criticism from many in the art world, however Haring remained committed to his desire to make his artwork available to as wide an audience as possible, and received strong support for his project from friends, fans and mentors including Andy Warhol.

boys club mural, 1987

"So doing, he left, as legacy,
the collapse of so-called out
and so-called in,
so-called high
and so-called low,
into mysterious ecstasy and reemergence.

This roda's for you, dear Keith."

-Robert Farris Thompson......
read whole article here..


may 4, 1958
keith haring
was born!