Hung that pop up show today with my good friend Tony Hoang, ran out of room! Come through if your in the LA area this weekend. I’ll hopefully be there Saturday night! 252 S Main St # D, Pomona, CA 91766
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.