Keith Allen Haring (* May 4 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania; † February 16 1990 in New York City) was a US ArtistHis painting style is recognizable by its clear lines and two-dimensionality. Some methods of his painting he took from the Graffiti-Scene. Haring is considered a representative of the Pop art the 1980s.
Haring made the first of his so-called "Subway Drawings" in December 1980 and continued them until about 1985. The corridors of the system of New York subway are equipped with numerous advertising boards. When the boards are not covered with current advertising posters, the fixed frame is covered with black Waste paper as a kind of placeholder. Haring painted these with white Blackboard chalk. A medium that is easy to transport and inexpensive to purchase, it allowed him to apply his typical continuous line to the black paper quickly, evenly and with extremely high contrast. In addition, no prior preparation in the studio was necessary, which benefited Haring's intuitive and fast style. He always conceived his pictures in the subway corridors in a similar way. First a rectangle was drawn as a picture boundary, sometimes these were still numbered, hereby the appearance of a Comic-Strips awakened. Then they were filled with his typical motifs (barking dogs, UFOs, ray baby, TV, crosses, people, etc.).
Haring repeatedly emphasized that he deliberately did not give his Subway works titles so as not to provide viewers with an interpretation dictated by the artist. According to Haring, his works do not have just one meaning or interpretation, but are as diverse as the people who view them and engage with them. The forms that his works contain are not foreign, but easily recognizable, so that even without a given title, any viewer can quickly make up his or her own Association can develop. Moreover, his motifs in the New York subway are conceived primarily for a passing public, who can grasp the composition of the image even by a cursory glance. Haring painted without sketches or studies, quickly and spontaneously from his feelings without changes. Thus he could create up to thirty Subway Drawings a day, which added up to a total of about five to ten thousand paintings made in the New York subway system from 1980 to 1985. His depictions were mostly made by the photographer he was friends with Tseng Kwong Chi held.
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