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THE DIVERSITY RELATED TO CULTURE, GROUPS, AND SOCIETIESKEITH HARING AND JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIATTHE DIVERSITY RELATED TO CULTURE, GROUPS, AND SOCIETIESKEITH HARING AND JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIATCourtney LedingtonArt and Culture 2000Art and IdentityJanuary, 2020
KEITH HARING & JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIATBoth artists use similar materials in order to create meaningful artworks to themselves and to the public. Whether it was due to drug addiction and a rough start to life, or a struggle with a sickness, both artists manage to stay motivated and express themselves through Art. This is important as they created a self identity based on that diversity related to culture, groups and society, while also making an impact in the art world. Keith Haring Untitled (1982)Jean-Michel Basquiat Untitled (Skull) (1981)
KEITH HARINGKeith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in Reading, PennsylvaniaUpon graduation from high school in 1976, Haring enrolled in the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, a commercial arts school. He soon realized that he had little interest in becoming a commercial graphic artist and, after two semesters, dropped out.Later that same year, Haring moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA).Haring found a thriving alternative art community that was developing outside the gallery and museum system, in the downtown streets, the subways and spaces in clubs and former dance halls. Here he became friends with fellow artists Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat.Between 1980 and 1989, Haring achieved international recognition and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. He produced more than 50 public artworks between 1982 and 1989, in dozens of cities around the world, many of which were created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers and orphanages.
KEITH HARINGHaring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation, its mandate being to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for Haring’s work through exhibitions, publications and the licensing of his images. Haring enlisted his imagery during the last years of his life to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS.Keith Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. A memorial service was held on May 4, 1990 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, with over 1,000 people in attendance.
KEITH HARINGAs for Keith Haring, he also used the materials for graffiti in public places such as the subway mentioned previously.Haring's deceptively simple imagery and text provided poignant and cutting cultural commentary on issues including AIDS, drug addiction, illicit love, and apartheid. As both an artist and an activist he established that depicting serious issues could be fun or at least lively when communicated through highly cartoony images and fresh and vivid choices of colors.