Lavishly illustrated with essays and reflections by cultural leaders, 'Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody' surveys Haring’s dynamic art practice from 1978-1990, shining a light on the iconic 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.
Titled after a quote from Haring’s journals, Art Is for Everybody centres on the artist’s activism, the emphasis he placed on community and his egalitarian approach to art and life. The volume is organised chronologically and thematically, emphasising 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.
Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1958 and arrived in New York from Pittsburgh in 1978, befriending artists including Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat. During the 1980s, Haring achieved international recognition and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. After contracting HIV in 1988, he focused his activism on the AIDS crisis. Less than two years later, Haring died of an AIDS-related illness.
256 pages // 150 colour & 25 bw illustrations // Hardcover // 279mm x 279mm // 2023