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Moleskine Project IV at Hashimoto Contemporary

The annual group show now in its fourth year, Moleskine Project co-curated by Sydney-based artist Rodrigo Luff and gallery director Ken Harman goes down the street from its regular Spoke Art exhibition space to Harman’s new-ish, larger Hashimoto Contemporary. Over 70 artists from throughout the world participated in Moleskine Project this year. One of this exhibition’s aims is to honor the sketchbook as the artist’s essential medium from which many of the artists’ works begin. Says co-curator Rod Luff: “The ubiquitous sketchbook is a common ground through which a visual dialogue is exchanged from page to page, forming a colorful language of imagery and experimental use of media throughout the exhibition. more>>

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New Romantic

With instantly recognizable simple bold lines and active figures, Keith Haring became one of the most well known artists in the world, devoting a great deal of time to public works that often carry social messages. Haring was experimenting with many different mediums before he began creating hundreds of drawings in white chalk on the unused black paper panels throughout the NYC subway system. He would produce up to 40 ‘subway drawings’ in a day, and as his rapid rhythmic drawings became familiar to New York commuters, he began a meteoric rise to fame for a brief but intense career that spanned the 1980s.  Keith Haring’s work was featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions before he died at the age of 31 from AIDS. 

Criticized by many in the art world for opening the Pop Shop, a retail store in Soho that sold t-shirts, toys, and magnets bearing his images, Haring was committed to making his artwork accessible to a wider audience, and received encouragement and support from his mentor Andy Warhol and thousands of fans. In many ways this concept was the precursor for the melding of art and fashion, and for this reason along with many others, I will always be a big fan.