New Delhi: Keith Haring died young of AIDS. The iconic figure of downtown New York art scene in the '80s, had by the age of 31, created some of the most lasting images of the late 20th century art. He rubbed shoulders with the likes of Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. As Google pays homage to Haring on May 4 with a doodle, here is a biography of the talented artist collated by the international media over the last two decades.
The deeply personal documentary of Haring by Christina Clausen, titled 'The Universe of Keith Haring' provides rare glimpses into his life and work. Haring was an artist and social activist whose work reflected the New York City street culture in the 1980s. He developed a love for drawing at a very small age. He learned basic cartooning skills from his father and the culture around him.
The Vanity Fair writes in an article dated July 1997: "Keith arrived in 1978 with a few basics: a certainty about making himself an artist, uncertainty about everything else - and a lively shot of talent."
"Before more than a few years had passed, he had established a reputation as an up-and-comer in a scene where the newest urgent ambition was "to mix things up." A budding synergy-of visual art forms, music, film, and performance combined with a need to incorporate the textures and politics of real life was shaking out old postures and dried-up intellectualized expectations;
01:11 PM, May 04, 2012