Keith Haring Retrospective to Open Next Week at the Brooklyn Museum

Drawings, notebooks and videos of the influential downtown New York City street artist will be on view.

The first large-scale exhibition to showcase the work of artist Keith Haring will open at the next Friday.

will include 155 works on paper, experimental videos, as well as over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs.

Haring first gained attention with chalk drawings in subway stations, with the "Radiant Baby" becoming his first recognizable symbol.

The exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum will chronicle Haring’s arrival in New York City through the years when he started his studio practice and began making public and political art on the city streets.  A fixture of downtown New York’s cultural scene, he befriended other influential artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf.

On view at the museum will be a number of very early works never before seen in public; seven video pieces, including Painting Myself into a Corner (his first video piece) and Tribute to Gloria Vanderbilt, as well as collages created from cut-up fragments of his own writing, history textbooks, and newspapers.

The exhibit will run from March 16 to July 8, in the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, on the fifth floor of the museum. For more information, check out the museum’s web site.

Mulu March 09, 2012 at 07:49 PM
The first large-scale museum exhibition of Haring’s work in the US was held at the Whitney Museum in 1997. The curator of the show opening in Brooklyn next week is Raphaela Platow, director and chief curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH.


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