Queeroes: Keith Haring

I met Keith Haring at an ACT-UP table at LGBT Pride in New York City in 1989 a year or before he passed away. He was giving out the famous ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death ACT-UP poster:http://www.haring.com/!/art-work/253#.VsZiwW5lC2c

The Queerness

Danni Glover shares her thoughts on one of the 20th century’s most influential visual artists.


Few visual artists have ever had such an immediately evocative effect as the 20th century American painter and sculptor, Keith Haring. The colourful, blocky figures for which he is most immediately recognisable are blank-faced but emotive, casting body language like a static ballet dancers. In their soft and tangled lines, it’s easy to see ourselves, our relationships, our community. Haring was one of the greatest artists ever to visualise the complexity and the universality of the queer experience internationally. I have always admired his anger, the fire he had in his belly to speak out against injustice.

Keith_Haring_(1986) Haring in his studio, 1986

Haring was born in Pennsylvania in 1958. In 1978 he moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts. While there he began experimenting with alternative art forms…

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