Sunday, May 13, 2012
"Keith Haring: 1978-1982" at the Brooklyn Museum traces Haring's development from work influenced by the abstract expressionists to the kinetic, interlocking cartoon dogs, flying saucers and figures that populated his canvases in his prime. In between are Haring's fascination with linguistics, provocative newspaper tabloid collages, graffiti drawings that were ubiquitous throughout New York's streets and subway system from the early to mid 1980s (and which resulted in several arrests) and involvement with the downtown art and club scene of the period (the exhibit even includes a new wave and punk soundtrack). This exuberant artist, who tragically died in 1990 at 31 from AIDS-related complications, left behind work that revels in movement and imagination.
“Keith Haring: 1978-1982” continues through July 8 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park; (718) 638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org.