WORKS BY KEITH HARING: ABOUT ART
Those who live hard usually die young.
That was Keith Haring’s destiny, who lived only 31 years, and was an artist for about 12 years, but was able to create a new and still current artistic language even 27 years after his death.
Whenever I’m in a subway all over the world and I see graffiti or signs drawn by someone, I can’t help thinking of Keith Haring, who started from New York subway and then spread his signs and drawings all over the world.
In Haring’s works there are happiness and simplicity, but above all, life with its great themes: joy, death, fantasy, disease, and dreams everyone keeps into the depths of his heart.
The exhibition devoted to Keith Haring. About art arranged at the Palazzo Reale of Milan on view from February 21st to June 18th 2017, starts from one of his most representative and famous work, the “Radian Baby”, and ends where everything began, in New York subway.
In the middle there’s the creative story of this artist, who was able to create a new and still current, rather extraordinarily contemporary, artistic language.
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Several exhibitions dedicated to Keith Haring were arranged all over the world, but this one in Milan is unique because it retraces not only the career of a bright meteor on the international artistic scene, but it describes also his sensitivity and educational training.
Keith Haring loved classical art, pre-Columbian art, and the signs of Egyptian civilization, Pollock, Picasso, Matisse, Dubuffet, and Alechinsky. But he was able to re-elaborate and to transform a lot of references to the history of art in something completely new.
And all these inspirations can be found in the exhibition itinerary, such as, for example, the cast of the Trajan’s Column compared to one of his works, or his explicit references to pre-Columbian art.
Haring was a frank artist, who drew in one go and without interruption.
Just like Jackson Pollock did when he dripped the paint onto the canvas, Haring drew his drawings everywhere, putting his visions, his ideas of life and art in his works.
And I can see also my life in there, and I hope you can see yours, too.
Keith Haring. About art
21 february – 18 june 2017
Palazzo Reale, Milan