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Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody

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256 pages
Edited by Sarah Loyer
Foreword by Joanne Heyler
Text(s) by Tom Finkelpearl, Kimberly Drew. Conversation with Patti Astor, Kermit Oswald, Kenny Scharf

Contributions by George Condo, Julia Gruen, Bill T. Jones, Ann Magnuson, Gil Vazquez
28.6 x 28.6 cm
Language: English
Publisher: Delmonico Books

Haring as activist and egalitarian: a fresh, accessible and dynamic look at one of New York’s most exhilarating artists.

Lavishly illustrated with essays and reflections by cultural leaders, Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody surveys Haring’s dynamic art practice from 1978 to 1990, shining a bright light on the iconic and beloved artist known for his fluid, uniform lines, intricate compositions and repeating imagery such as the barking dog and radiant baby. Forty years after he came to prominence, Haring’s art continues to garner worldwide recognition, breaking down barriers and spreading joy, while taking on complex issues that remain crucial today, from environmentalism, capitalism and the proliferation of new technologies to religion, sexuality and race.

Titled after a quote from Haring’s journals, Art Is for Everybody centers on the artist’s activism, the emphasis he placed on community and his egalitarian approach to art and life. The volume is organized chronologically and thematically, emphasizing Haring’s work made with publics in mind such as the subway drawings and murals, his collaborative practice and his unflinching belief that art is essential in making a better world.