keith haring inspired

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Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna photographed by Stephen Torton, 1982.

Madonna and Basquiat dated for a while, but his heroin addiction ended up pulling them apart. “He was an amazing man and deeply talented. I loved him,” she said. “When I broke up with him, he made me give all [his paintings] back to him. And then he painted over them black.” She regrets giving the art back, but felt pressured to do so since it was something he had created. (The Howard Stern Show, March 2015)

Madonna: “Basquiat was my boyfriend for a while, and I remember getting up in the middle of the night and he wouldn’t be in bed lying next to me; he’d be standing, painting, at four in the morning, this close to the canvas, in a trance. I was blown away by that, that he worked when he felt moved. And they gave jobs to everyone. Keith would meet kids on the street and ask them to come stretch his canvases for him. Basquiat had every B-boy and every graffiti artist in his loft. He was constantly giving everything away. I think they felt guilty that they became successful and were surrounded by people who were penniless, so they shared what they had. They were incredibly generous people, and that rubbed off on me. You stay inspired that way. I could never work in a recording studio where you have this lovely view and a beach and the waves are crashing. For me, it’s all about being in a tiny room with little windows. It’s almost like you have to be in a prison. And you can create beauty when you’re in that sort of deprived environment, which is a re-creation of your formative years.”

“I remember having conversations with Keith [Haring] and with Basquiat about the importance of your art being accessible to people,“ she recalled. “That was their big thing—it should be available to everyone. It was so important for Keith to be able to draw on subways and walls. And Basquiat used to say to me, ‘You’re so lucky that you make music, because music comes out of radios everywhere.’ He thought that what I did was more pop, more connected to pop culture than what he did. Little did he know that his art would become pop culture. But it’s not like we really had discussions about the meaning of art. I remember hearing them talk about those things.”

(Interview Magazine, December 2014)

CHECK IT OUT!! an absolutely amazing vriska/terezi piece i commissioned from my friend @horreurscopes, whose art has always been so emotional, visually appealing, and inspiring to me!

i asked them for a scourge piece with vriska being tall and butch (those were my only requirements, because i am a lesbian) and i am floored by how gorgeous this turned out… the grungy 90s clothes with the vibrant clashing colors + terezi’s keith haring inspired patches + the overall loudness and energy makes me so happy, its so good

do you ever just get really sad about the fate of Oscar Wilde, Alan Turing, Keith Haring, hell even Mark Ashton. Like, these men did so much & i literally have to put my neck out on the line to remind people they’re not only great men but they were also gay. why can’t we link queer and awesome together in mainstream society. why do we have to fight so much. why do i have to remind people that Mark Ashton literally the main character of Pride(2014) was died of HIV/AIDS and was a pillar of activism. Keith Haring drew inspiration from being gay & his HIV/AIDS diagnosis & the terrible tragedy that was the epidemic. Oscar Wilde wrote so wonderfully to create Dorian Grey & I adore his writing beyond most others. Alan Turing effectively stopped a war & created computer science at the same time. They were all successful and they were all queer. why is it always ‘despite being gay’, ‘in spite of their homosexuality’, ‘although he was gay’ like no. they were queer and they were brilliant. let the 2 coexist. they did amazing things and they were queer. they also did amazing things because they were queer. they did not succeed ‘’’’despite’’’’ their queerness. being queer is not something to overcome. they were queer and they were awesome. 

“You see that’s why I work like a dog and I worked like a dog all my life.  I am not interested in the academic status of what I am doing because my problem is my own transformation.  That’s the reason also why, when people say, ‘Well you thought this a few years ago and now you say something else,’ my answer is ‘well, do you think that I have worked like that all those years and not be changed?’  This transformation of ones self by ones own knowledge is, I think something rather close to the aesthetic experience.  Why should a painter work if he is not transformed by his own painting?”  Keith Haring

If you were alive in the 1980s, you’ve probably seen the art of Keith Haring. His graffiti-inspired images were everywhere: canvases and T-shirts, walls and subway stations.

Now one of Haring’s lesser-known murals in New York is threatened. It’s in the stairwell of a former convent called Grace House, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan — a pretty unlikely place, even for Haring. But here are Haring’s familiar, cartoonish figures — the radiant baby, the barking dog — dancing up and down three flights of stairs.

“Most of them are very simple, very joyous, very happy,” says Robert Savina, who’s lived here for two years. “It’s sort of a great meditation when you’re walking down the steps or up the steps. And, depending on the time of day with the light changing, you know the mural changes. You see different things each time you pass it.”

Today Haring’s paintings are worth millions of dollars, but this mural was largely forgotten. Grace House is still owned by Church of the Ascension, around the corner. But the church, according to tenant Robert Savina, wants to sell it.

In An NYC Stairwell, One Of Keith Haring’s Murals May Be In Peril

Photo: Joel Rose/NPR

Tomorrow I’m off to NYC for the first time in a decade and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been eagerly anticipating these nails (and this trip!) for weeks now! My thumbs are by far my favorite, inspired by two of the artists I’ll get to see at MoMA.