New Delhi: Today, Google has replaced its usual homepage logo with a new artistic logo to commemorate the 54th birth anniversary of Keith Haring. The doodle uses normal Google colours - blue, red, yellow and green, but it has been created in a way, which looks pleasing and makes the viewer feel energised in the first look.
If you notice, you will find that the doodle features a bunch of people dancing and celebrating. And every element in this doodle has something to express. The first 'O' in the Google doodle looks like a superman, who is trying to fly high. The dance moves in the doodle can make you think - for a moment - that these hippies have gathered to dance in someone's birthday party. Oh! Keith Haring's 54th birthday.
But if you observe the doodle carefully, you will get the feel of street dancing, and interestingly these dancers form the today's doodle, which looks colourful and lively.
It is easy to relate this doodle to Keith Haring as he was an artist and social activist whose work reflected the New York City street culture in the 1980s.
Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in Pennsylvania. He developed a love for drawing at a very small age. He learned basic cartooning skills from his father and the culture around him.
From 1976 to 1978 he studied commercial art, but he soon lost interest and moved to study Fine Arts. Later, he moved to New York City and enrolled hmself in the School of Visual Arts (SVA).
Between 1980 and 1989, Haring achieved recognition at international level and took part in numerous exhibitions. Throughout his career, he devoted a lot of time to public works, which often carried social messages.
In 1988, Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation with a view to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organisations and children's programs, and also to expand the audience for his work through expositions.
Keith Haring died at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. Keith's work can be seen in the exhibitions and collections of major museums around the globe.
Keith Haring’s 1990 silkscreen edition, The Blueprint Drawings.
The monumental 1982 Keith Haring drawing Untitled
To commemorate the 28-year anniversary, the Walker Art Center unearthed archival documents from Keith's artist residency in Minneapolis (March, 1984).
During his residency, Keith painted a large mural, created a promotional image for ArtFest, and participated Children’s Festaville.