Biography

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Keith Haring
Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2018
Keith Haring: Art is Life, Life is Art
-Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea

Apocalypse
-Pace Prints, New York, NY

Keith Haring
-Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

Drawing Social Impact
-Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, Kobuchizawa, Japan

Keith Haring: the Chicago Mural
-Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Keith Haring.  The Alphabet
-Albertina, Vienna, Austria 

2017
Keith Haring: the End of the Line
-Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Keith Haring. Posters
-Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Germany 

Keith Haring: About Art
-Palazzo Reale Milan, Italy

Keith Haring and Japan: Pop to Neo-Japonism
-Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, Kobuchisawa, Japan

2016
Post Pop: Prints of Keith Haring
-Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT 

2015
Keith Haring: Multiplexism
-National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan 

Keith Haring: The Political Line
–Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands 

-Keith Haring: Multiplexism
Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, Kobuchizawa, Japan

Keith Haring: Prints and Other Works from Nakamura Keith Haring Collection
-Sagawa Museum, Shiga, Japan 

Keith Haring
-Pace Prints, New York, NY 

Heaven and Hell
-Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY 

Keith Haring: The Political Line
-Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany 

Out of the Vaults: Keith Haring
-Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 

2014
Keith Haring
-Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY 
Keith Haring: The Political Line
-de Young, San Francisco, CA 
Keith Haring
-Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris, France 

2013
Keith Haring: Languages
 
-Fales Library, New York University, NY, NY  
Keith Haring and the Pop World: Retrospect 
-Nakamura Museum, Yamanashi, Japan 
Keith Haring: The Political Line
-Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France 
Keith Haring: The Political Line/Grands Formats
-Le CENTQUATRE, Paris, France  

2012 
Keith Haring
-Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium 
Murale di Milwaukee
-Sala dei Porti, nel percorso di visita degli Appartamenti settecenteschi di Palazzo Reale, Caserta, Italy 
Murale di Milwaukee
-Museuo Archeologico Nazionale d’ Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy
Love Pop!
-Itami City Museum of Art, Itami City, Hyogo, Japan
Keith Haring: 1978-1982
–The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Keith Haring: Posters
–Lehigh University Galleries, Rauch Business Center Gallery, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 
Keith Haring
–Galeria de Art del Centro de Extension de la Pontifica Universidad Catholica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Keith Haring Blueprints
–Pace Prints Chelsea, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring Extra Large
-Chiesa di San Francesco, Udine, Italy 
Pisa Mural Restoration Commemoration
-Pisa, Italy

2011
Keith Haring 1978-1982
–Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
The Hieroglyphics of Keith Haring
–Musee en Herbe, Paris, France
Keith Haring
–Gladstone Gallery, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring
–Pace Prints, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring: Subway Drawings
–Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States

2010
Keith Haring: A New Dimension
–Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, United States
Keith Haring 1978-1982
–Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
The Keith Haring Show
–SOMA Museum of Arts, Seoul, Korea
Keith Haring: 20th Anniversary
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring
–Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring Editions on Paper
–Caixa Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Keith Haring Editions on Paper
–Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Keith Haring: Pop Art Superstar
–Lotte Art Center, Busan, South Korea
Keith Haring: Pop Art Superstar
–Sangrok Museum Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea
One Person Show
–Institut dArt Contemporain in Villeurbanne, Villeurbanne, France

2009
Keith Haring
–Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Keith Haring
–Vecchiato Gallery, Milan, Italy
Keith Haring
–Vecchiato Gallery, Padua, Italy
Keith Haring (View Selected Work)
–Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm, Germany
The Keith Haring Show
–Musee des Beaux-Arts, Mons, Belgium
Keith Haring: Print Retrospective 1982 – 1990
–Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery of Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

2008
Keith Haring Retrospective
–Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
One Person Show
–Ludwigmuseum, Budapest, Hungary
Keith Haring – Drawings, Paintings and Sculptures
–Skarstedt Gallery, New York City, New York, United States
Keith Haring Houston Street & Bowery Mural Re-creation
–Deitch Projects, New York, New York, United States
The Ten Commandments
–Deitch Projects, Long Island City, Queens, New York, United States
Against All Odds: Keith Haring in the Rubell Family Collection 
View 'Twenty Drawings', included in exhibition
–Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California, United States
Keith Haring: Two Sculptures 
–UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland
Keith Haring
–Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris, France

2007
Complete Editions on Paper
–Fundacion Caixa Galicia, Ferrol, Spain
Keith Haring: The Milwaukee Mural
–Serrone della Villa Reale, Monza, Italy
Keith Haring: Life as a Drawing
–Ludwigmuseum, Koblenz, Germany
Keith Haring: Works from the Navarra Collection
–Galerie de Independence and Parc Heintz Fondation, Dexia, Luxembourg
Keith Haring: Editions on Paper
–Egon Schiele Centrum, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Keith Haring – Untitled (Acrobats), 1986
–Katonah Museum of Art, South Lawn, Katonah, New York, United States

2006
Keith Haring: Journey of the Radiant Baby
–Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Editions on Paper
–University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Keith Haring: Art and Commerce 
–Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, United States
Keith Haring: Paintings, Sculpture, Objects and Drawings
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States
Against All Odds
–Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida, United States
Keith Haring: POP Haring – Symbols and Icons Editions on paper from the Estate of Keith Haring
–Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
Complete Editions on Paper
–Centro Cultural Montehermoso Depsito de Aguas, Vitoria, Spain  
–Fundacion Caixa Galicia, Ferrol, Spain
Keith Haring: Monumental Sculptures
–Poppy & Pierre Salinger Foundation, Le Thor, France
Keith Haring Drawings
–Alona Kagan Gallery, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring – Early Drawings 
–Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
Keith Haring 
–Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
Keith Haring Prints
–Memo-art Galeria, Budapest, Hungary

2005
Keith Haring Sculptures 
–Deitch Projects, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring
–Alpen-Adria Galerie, Klagenfurt, Austria
Keith Haring 
–Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, England
One Person Show
–Galleria Salvatore Ala, Milan, Italy
Keith Haring: Urban Memory
–Fundacion ICO, Madrid, Spain
Five Keith Haring Sculptures
–Somerset House, London, England
Three Keith Haring Sculptures
–Lever House, New York, New York, United States
The Keith Haring Show 
–La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
L’Art a la Plage #4: Keith Haring
–Galerie Enrico Navarra in cooperation with Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, St Tropez, France
Editions on Paper
–Fundacion Canal, Madrid, Spain
Keith Haring: Coloring Book Drawings
–Briggs-Robinson Gallery, New York, New York, United States

2004
Keith Haring
–Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
–Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
–Alte Rathaus, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany
The Characters of Keith Haring
–Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, New York, United States
Photos from the Archives: the Artist at Work
–Pop Shop, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec
–Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Alona Kagan Gallery, New York, New York, United States

2003
Keith Haring: Short Message. Posters 1982-1990
–Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
–Kunstmuseum, Heidenheim, Germany
–Kunsthaus, Kaufbeuren, Germany  
Pop Figuration
–Deitch Projects, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States
Four Sculptures
–American Academy, Rome, Italy
Two Sculptures
–Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
Haring Drawings
–Culturgest, Porto, Portugal
One Person Show
–Kagan-Martos Gallery, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring
–Centro Cutural Banco do Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
–Centro Cutural Banco do Brasil, Brasilia, Brazil

2002
One Person Show
–Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell 
View 'The Ten Commandments', included in this exhibition
–Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland
Keith Haring: Tarps
–Van de Weghe Gallery, New York, New York, United States
Sex Show (View Selected Works)
–Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
Keith Haring: Short Message. Posters 1982-1990
–Versicherungskammer Bayern, Munich, Germany  

2001
Keith Haring Sculptures
–Rome, Italy
The 10 Commandments 
–Wapping Power Station, London, England
One Person Show
–Castello Ursino, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell 
View 'The Ten Commandments', included in this exhibition
–Museum fur Neue Kunst/ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
One Person Show
–National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Georgetown, Grand Cayman
Paradise Garage 
–Deitch Projects, New York, New York, United States

2000
Keith Haring: the SVA Years
–School of Visual Arts, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring
–Isetan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
–Sapporo City Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido, Japan
–Niitsu City Museum, Niigata, Japan
–Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Keith Haring: Sculptures on the Kurfürstendamm
–Berlin Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
One Person Show
–Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy
Keith Haring Sculptures
–Rome, Italy

1999
Keith Haring
–Eki Museum, Kyoto, Japan
–Kurashiki City Museum, Kurashiki, Japan
–Iwaki City Museum, Iwaki, Japan
–Isetan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Keith Haring Sculptures
–Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
–Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Keith Haring: A Retrospective 
–City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
One Person Show
–Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
Keith Haring
–Musee Maillol, Paris, France
One Person Show
–Katonah Art Museum, Katonah, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Peter Gwyther Gallery, London, England
One Person Show
–Casino Knokke, Knokke, Belgium
One Person Show
–Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
One Person Show
–Deitch Projects, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring in Pisa 
–Palazzo Lanfranchi, Pisa, Italy

1998
One Person Show
–Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
One Person Show
–Wetterling Teo Gallery, Singapore
Keith Haring: A Retrospective
–Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida, United States
–San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, United States
–Musee des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, Canada
Complete Editions on Paper
–Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany
–Quartier 206, Berlin, Germany
One Person Show
–Dorothy Blau Gallery, Miami, Florida, United States
Keith Haring in San Francisco
–San Francisco, California, United States
Keith Haring in West Hollywood
–West Hollywood, California, United States
One Person Show
–Tasende Gallery, Los Angeles, California, United States

1997
Complete Editions on Paper
–Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany
–Historisches Museum der Pfalz-Speyer, Speyer, Germany
–Kunsthalle, Dresden, Germany
Keith Haring: A Retrospective 
–Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York, United States
–Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Keith Haring on Park Avenue
–New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States  
One Person Show
–Seagram Gallery, New York City, New York, United States
Keith Haring: Blurred Boundaries
–Lobby Gallery, 717 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York, United States

1996
One Person Show
–Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, New York, United States
Complete Editions on Paper
–Museum Bochum, Leipzig, Germany
–Museum der Bildenden, Leipzig, Germany
The 10 Commandments 
–Bruderkirche and Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
One Person Show
–Dorothy Blau, Miami, Florida, United States
Keith Haring: A Retrospective 
–Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

1995
Keith Haring Altarpiece
– Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California, United States
–Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Keith Haring: A Retrospective 
–Fundacion La Caixa, Madrid, Spain
–Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Keith Haring: Works on Paper 1989
–Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Hans Mayer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
One Person Show
– Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Keith Haring: Family and Friends Collect
–Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

1994
Keith Haring 
–Castellodi Rivoli, Turin, Italy
–Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden
–Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
–Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Complete Editions on Paper
–need venue, Hiroshima, Japan
–need venue, Osaka, Japan
–need venue, Nagoya, Japan
–need venue, Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States

1993
One Person Show
–Queens Museum, Queens, New York, United States
One Person Show
– DIA Art Foundation, Bridgehampton, New York, United States
Complete Editions on Paper
–Galerie Littmann, Basel, Switzerland
–Galerie der Stadt, Stuttgart, Germany
–Aktionsforum, Munich, Germany
Keith Haring: A Retrospective 
–Mitsukoshi Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
One Person Show
–Galerie Nikolaus Sonne, Berlin, Germany
One Person Show
–Musee de Louvain-la-Neuve, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
One Person Show
–Michael Fuchs Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1992
One Person Show
–Gallery 56, Budapest, Hungary
One Person Show
–Tabula Gallery, Tubingen, Germany
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States

1991
One Person Show
–Hete Hunermann Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
Keith Haring: Future Primeval
–University Galleries, Normal, Illinois, United States
–Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, United States
–Museum of Modern Art, Ostend, Belgium
Haring, Disney, Warhol
–Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
–Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington, United States
–The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States
–Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
One Person Show
–Dante Park, Lincoln Center, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Chase Manhattan Bank, Soho Branch, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Erika Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, California, United States
One Person Show
–Molinar Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
One Person Show
–Steffanoni Gallery, Milan, Italy

1990
One Person Show
–Galerie La Poche, Paris, France
One Person Show
–Charles Lucien Gallery, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Philip Samuels Fine Art, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States
Keith Haring: Future Primeval
–Queens Museum, Queens, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Galerie Nikolaus Sonne, Berlin, Germany
One Person Show
–Richard Nadeau Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
One Person Show
–Gallery 56, Geneva, Switzerland
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States

1989
One Person Show
–Gallery 121, Antwerp, Belgium
One Person Show
–Casa Sin Nombre, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
One Person Show
–Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
One Person Show
–Galerie Hete Hunermann, Dusseldorf, Germany

1988
One Person Show
–Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, California, United States
One Person Show
–Hans Mayer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Hokin Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, United States

1987
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
One Person Show
–Gallery 121, Antwerp, Belgium
One Person Show
–Casino Knokke, Knokke, Belgium
One Person Show
–Kutztown New Arts Program, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, United States
One Person Show
–Galerie Rivolta, Lausanne, Switzerland

1986
One Person Show
–Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Sculpture Garden, New York, New York, United States
Art in the Park
–Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, Connecticut, United States
One Person Show
–Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
One Person Show
–Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1985
One Person Show
–Schellmann & Kluser, Munich, West Germany
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show 
–Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France

1984
One Person Show
–University Museum of Iowa City, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
One Person Show
–Paul Maenz Gallery, Cologne, West Germany
Keith Haring: Milan 1984 
–Salvatore Ala Gallery, Milan, Italy
One Person Show
–Paradise Garage, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Galerie Corinne Hummel, Basel, Switzerland
One Person Show
–Semaphore East, New York, New York, United States

1983
One Person Show
–Fun Gallery, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Galerie Watari, Tokyo, Japan
One Person Show
–Lucio Amelio Gallery, Naples, Italy
Matrix 75
–Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
One Person Show
–Robert Fraser Gallery, London, United Kingdom
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States

1982
One Person Show
–Rotterdam Arts Council, Rotterdam, Holland
One Person Show
–Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States

1981
One Person Show
–Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, New York, United States

1980
One Person Show
–Westbeth Painters Space, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–P.S. 122, New York, New York, United States
One Person Show
–Club 57, New York, New York, United States

1978
One Person Show
–Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 


BIOGRAPHY

Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and was raised in nearby Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He developed a love for drawing at a very early age, learning basic cartooning skills from his father and from the popular culture around him, such as Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney.

Upon graduation from high school in 1976, Haring enrolled in the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, a commercial arts school. He soon realized that he had little interest in becoming a commercial graphic artist and, after two semesters, dropped out. While in Pittsburgh, Haring continued to study and work on his own and in 1978 had a solo exhibition of his work at the Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Center.

Later that same year, Haring moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA). In New York, Haring found a thriving alternative art community that was developing outside the gallery and museum system, in the downtown streets, the subways and spaces in clubs and former dance halls. Here he became friends with fellow artists Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as the musicians, performance artists and graffiti writers that comprised the burgeoning art community. Haring was swept up in the energy and spirit of this scene and began to organize and participate in exhibitions and performances at Club 57 and other alternative venues.

In addition to being impressed by the innovation and energy of his contemporaries, Haring was also inspired by the work of Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Alechinsky, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Robert Henri’s manifesto The Art Spirit, which asserted the fundamental independence of the artist. With these influences Haring was able to push his own youthful impulses toward a singular kind of graphic expression based on the primacy of the line. Also drawn to the public and participatory nature of Christo’s work, in particular Running Fence, and by Andy Warhol’s unique fusion of art and life, Haring was determined to devote his career to creating a truly public art.

As a student at SVA, Haring experimented with performance, video, installation and collage, while always maintaining a strong commitment to drawing. In 1980, Haring found a highly effective medium that allowed him to communicate with the wider audience he desired, when he noticed the unused advertising panels covered with matte black paper in a subway station. He began to create drawings in white chalk upon these blank paper panels throughout the subway system. Between 1980 and 1985, Haring produced hundreds of these public drawings in rapid rhythmic lines, sometimes creating as many as forty “subway drawings” in one day. This seamless flow of images became familiar to New York commuters, who often would stop to engage the artist when they encountered him at work. The subway became, as Haring said, a “laboratory” for working out his ideas and experimenting with his simple lines.

Between 1980 and 1989, Haring achieved international recognition and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His first solo exhibition in New York.was held at the Westbeth Painters Space in 1981.  In 1982, he made his Soho gallery debut with an immensely popular and highly acclaimed one-man exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery. During this period, he also participated in renowned international survey exhibitions such as Documenta 7 in Kassel; the São Paulo Biennial; and the Whitney Biennial. Haring completed numerous public projects in the first half of the 80’s as well, ranging from an animation for the Spectacolor billboard in Times Square, designing sets and backdrops for theaters and clubs, developing watch designs for Swatch and an advertising campaign for Absolut vodka; and creating murals worldwide.

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.

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. The now famous Crack is Wack mural of 1986 has become a landmark along New York’s FDR Drive. Other projects include; a mural created for the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, on which Haring worked with 900 children; a mural on the exterior of Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris, France in 1987; and a mural painted on the western side of the Berlin Wall three years before its fall. Haring also held drawing workshops for children in schools and museums in New York, Amsterdam, London, Tokyo and Bordeaux, and produced imagery for many literacy programs and other public service campaigns.

Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. 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. Haring enlisted his imagery during the last years of his life to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS.

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. He was highly sought after to participate in collaborative projects ,and worked with artists and performers as diverse as Madonna, Grace Jones, Bill T. Jones, William Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol. By expressing universal concepts of birth, death, love, sex and war, using a primacy of line and directness of message, Haring was able to attract a wide audience and assure the accessibility and staying power of his imagery, which has become a universally recognized visual language of the 20th century.

Keith Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. A memorial service was held on May 4, 1990 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, with over 1,000 people in attendance.

Since his death, Haring has been the subject of several international retrospectives. The work of Keith Haring can be seen today in the exhibitions and collections of major museums around the world.