Keith Haring, a world-renowned Pop artist, wanted to communicate with the world through art, and build connections with his symbolic bold lines. Although Haring died at a young age, his great artworks still resonate with us today.
Haring who was recognized as mischief in the art world always questioned the exclusivity of art. He took his first step in breaking the 'exclusivity of art' by drawing the <Subway Drawing> series on the empty subway advertisement billboards with chalk. Avoiding the eyes of the police officers and station staff, Keith Haring drew the Radiant Baby with only simple lines, which was his statement to the world to announce the start of the “Art for everybody”. Haring pushed his artistic ideals further as he rose to stardom. Breaking from his subway drawings, he provided higher accessibility of his artworks for the public through working on posters and music album cover designs. His variety of projects started to emerge in clubs as well.
In 1998, Keith Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. However, the news of his illness was not an end but another beginning. He started to expand his previously built art world. Fear of facing death at any moment turned to passion for new art, a universally accepted art. Birth, life, death and reflections of daily life were made into artworks. Keith Haring preached the value of life and love through pop culture that overwhelmed and dominated society during his time. His short life of 31 years failed to stop his continuous efforts to pursue his dreams and this will be witnessed in this Keith Haring exhibition. Keith Haring’s eternal Love will resonate and echo, together with the Barking Dog and the Radiant Baby that illuminates a light in this world.