Keith Haring: The Story of His Life

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From his boyhood days spent drawing compulsively through his tragic death, the trajectory of Keith Haring’s life is a story of incredible achievement, luck, opportunity, and extraordinary commitment. This graphic novel looks at every stage of that life, exploring his early influences, the roots of his activism, and his close friendships with many of his contemporaries. Explore life in the 80's—the vibrant NYC downtown art scene—the nightclubs, art openings, the rise of hip-hop—and how world events, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall; the escalation of the nuclear arms race; apartheid; and the dawn of the climate crisis played into his work. We then discover how Haring’s own battle with AIDS fueled his advocacy for education and research, and get to know the figures who were most influential to his work— from Warhol to Basquiat, Fab Five Freddy to Madonna.

  • Hardcover
  • 9.6" H x 6.8” W
  • 128 pages

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

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