Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring

Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring

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Over thirty years after Keith Haring’s death of AIDS-related complications, this vibrant picture book for grades 1 through 9 brings the iconic pop artist’s work and story to the hearts of a new generation. Stylized and simplified figures fill the pages with smiling faces in a broad spectrum of skin tones and body types, opening the door on Haring’s passionately held belief that “Art is for everybody.” Without erasing or dwelling on any particular aspect of Haring’s personal life, author Burgess outlines Haring’s relationships with art, with children, and with his partner, Juan DuBose, in straightforward, accessible language—from his childhood in Pennsylvania to his “final mark” in Pisa, Italy (five months before his death)—with the same bold honesty and vibrance visible in his subject’s art career. Biographical, author’s, and illustrator’s notes back up the book, supplementing the broad strokes of the text with finer detail and more individual perspectives on Haring’s personal, political, and artistic legacies. An inspired, and inspiring, continuation of Haring’s intention.

  • Hardcover
  • 12.6" H x 9.7" W
  • 64 pages

© Keith Haring Foundation. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

To learn more about the Broad collection and this artist, please visit http://www.thebroad.org/art/keith-haring

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