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Keith Haring

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


11 Dec 1996 to 30 Mar 1997

Guest Curator: Germano Celant

about the exhibition

Keith Haring was one of the key figures of the American art world in the 1980s. He quickly rose to prominence in New York through his iconic graffiti work, and was commissioned to create public murals in various countries around the world, including Australia. Haring died in 1990 of an AIDS related illness, and was subsequently the subject of several retrospective exhibitions in New York, France and Sydney.

This exhibition presented a selection of Haring’s sculptures and paintings. His iconic style was well represented in these works, which represented his graffiti and street work in a gallery context. Haring’s style was inspired by the New York street culture of the 1980s, and was deliberately playful, colourful and while deceptively simple, expressed ideas of birth, death and war. Most importantly, Haring’s art was grounded in a strong sense of social activism.