Keith Haring, ‘Untitled’, 1984, Mirat Projects

These painted fabrics were part of “Secret Pastures”, a transdisciplinary dance
experiment by Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, featuring costumes of Will Smith and
music by Peter Gordon, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1984. Haring
collaborated with the production of a tent covered with schematic human figures and
sexual symbols which echoed the explicitness of the dancers’ choreography.

Galerie de Pury & Luxemburg
Private Collection, Spain

About Keith Haring

Bridging the gap between the art world and the street, Keith Haring rose to prominence in the early 1980s with his graffiti drawings made in the subways and on the sidewalks of New York City. Combining the appeal of cartoons with the raw energy of Art Brut artists like Jean DuBuffet, Haring developed a distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic centered on fluid, bold outlines against a dense, rhythmic overspread of imagery like that of babies, barking dogs, flying saucers, hearts, and Mickey Mouse. In his subway drawings and murals, Haring explored themes of exploitation, subjugation, drug abuse, and rising fears of nuclear holocaust, which became increasingly apocalyptic after his AIDS diagnosis. Alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Jenny Holzer, Haring is regarded as a leading figure in New York East Village Art scene in the 1970s and '80s.

American, 1958-1990, Reading, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York