This dynamic piece by Haring was originally created as a poster to promote his 1983 exhibition at FUN Gallery in New York’s East Village. FUN Gallery (1981-5) was founded by Bill Stelling and actress Patti Astor, and held one-artist shows by graffiti and street artists, branding itself as “the first art gallery in the East Village”.
Keith Haring at Fun Gallery
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Keith Haring (1958 – 1990) was an American artist, and one of the leading figures of the graffiti art movement which emerged from New York in the 1980s. Haring rose to International acclaim after creating spontaneous chalk drawings on blank advertising spaces in New York subway stations. His work reflected a profound commitment to social justice and activism, raising issues that remain relevant today, including the AIDS crisis, racism, and environmental degradation. He was a champion for public access to art in his lifetime, and established the Keith Haring Foundation in 1989, which provides funding and imagery to charities working with AIDS and youth programmes, and brings his work to a wider audience.