- NAME: Keith Haring
- OCCUPATION: Activist, Artist
- BIRTH DATE: May 04, 1958
- DEATH DATE: February 16, 1990
- EDUCATION: Ivy School of Professional Art, School of Visual Arts, Kutztown Area Senior High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Reading, Pennsylvania
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Keith Allen Haring
- AKA: Keith Haring
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American artist Keith Haring was best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings, which he first made in subway stations and later exhibited in museums.
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Inspired by graffiti in New York City subways, artist Keith Haring created iconic cartoon-like figures in public spaces all over the world. He incorporated many social and political themes into his work, including HIV/AIDS activism.
Andy Warhol was the superstar of the Pop Art movement. His "Campbell's Soup Cans" and "Gold Marilyn Monroe" made him famous worldwide, and his studio, known as "The Factory," became a magnet for artists of the 60s counterculture.
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Over the brief span of his career, the artist completed more than 50 public works, including the anti-drug mural Crack is Wack in a Harlem playground and an illuminated, animated billboard of his "radiant baby" image for New York's Times Square. He also hosted numerous art workshops for children.
In 1988, Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. The following year, he created the Keith Haring Foundation to support children's programs and organizations dedicated to raising AIDS awareness.
Keith Haring died in New York on February 16, 1990, of AIDS-related complications. He was 31 years old. His art is still exhibited worldwide, and many of his works are owned by prestigious museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France. Haring's art, with its deceptively simple style and its deeper themes of love, death, war and social harmony, continues to appeal strongly to viewers.
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