In this work, Keith Haring celebrates the beginning of the human life cycle, as sperm-like motifs swim around dancing pregnant women, and one of Haring’s iconic radiant babies crawls above them. A genderless figure stands beneath the baby, arms raised. Haring painted the piece in vinyl paint on a vinyl tarpaulin, a medium which he used often in this period, as it enabled him to paint large scale works that could easily be rolled up and transported, ready to be hung anywhere in the world by their metal eyelets.
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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.