Item description for Keith Haring by Elisabeth Sussman...
In 1980, mysterious chalk drawings of simple outline figures began appearing on unused advertising space in New York City subway stations. Combining the appeal of Disney cartoons with the sophisticated "primitivism" of such artists as Jean Dubuffet, these underground artworks were bold, humorous, accessible, subversive -- and unmistakably the work of one man, Keith Haring.
Over the next decade, Haring went on to create a body of work that would capture the energy and excitement of New York's brash street culture -- and transmute punk, new wave, hip-hop, graffiti art, and break dancing into an instantly recognizable pop iconography. He frequently bypassed the gallery scene, preferring to address people directly through drawings and paintings in public spaces and with mass-produced items based on his designs. By the time of his death from AIDS at age thirty-one in 1990, he had become New York's most celebrated artist since Andy Warhol.
Keith Haring is the first look back at this singular talent. Drawing on the definitive retrospective staged by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the book features 175 full-color reproductions of Haring's paintings, drawings, and sculptures -- including rare early drawings on black paper salvaged from the subways, and photographs that document site-specific works. Essays by Robert Farris Thompson, Ann Magnuson, David Frankel, Robert Pincus-Witten, and Jeffrey Deitch provide a critical overview, and interviews with Jellybean Benitez, Junior Vasquez, Fred Schneider, Fred Braithwaite, and other deejays and musicians help situate his work in New York's downtown culture of the 1980s. Keith Haring will be the ultimate book on this immensely popular artist --and the gift of the year for art lovers everywhere.
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Release Date Jan 1, 1999
ISBN 3822875856 ISBN13 9783822875858
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More About Elisabeth Sussman
Elisabeth Sussman is curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography; Joan Simon is curator-at-large; and Tina Kukielski is senior curatorial assistant, all at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Briony Fer is professor, history of art, University College London. Gwendolyn Owens is consulting curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Spyros Papapetros is assistant professor at the School of Architecture at Princeton University. Christian Scheidemann is an independent conservator.
Reviews - What do customers think about Keith Haring?
A bargain! Aug 24, 2001
I know a bargain when I see one. Sussman's book juxtaposes Keith's drawings and paintings alongside interviews with Keith's contemporaries (they even bring in Junior Vasquez), without any attempt at being complete. The price is lowered because of a black Sharpie line on the top of the pages. That's it! If you have any interest in Keith Haring or even art in general, this is a great way to look at a great artist.
hip-hop, you dont stop Jul 19, 2001
a collection of keiths works, from the beginning to the very end. installations, sculptures, as well as his paintings on buildings and objects grace the pages of this large format book. a definite for every fan of this kutztown boy. describes keiths life through letters and stories from friends, photos, and many beautiful full color works by the artist. bright and bold, just like his life.
Love Keith? Love this book! Apr 19, 2000
This is a book I picked up at the Whitney exhibit in 1997 - it's a great variety of all Keith's work. His style has varied over the years and this book does a great job showing his evolution. My favorite part is the fact that many of his pieces from his youngest years are included. It's always interesting to see where your favorite artist started.
NEW TO KEITH HARING? May 4, 1998
A VERY COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT WORKS FROM THE WHOLE OF KEITH HARING'S RELATIVELY SHORT CAREER, YOU GET A DEFINITE FEELING OF HIS WORK CHANGING BEFORE YOUR EYES. THE TEXT, OF WHICH THERE IS AROUND 20 PAGES, MORE THAN ADEQUATELY SUMS UP THE THEMES AND AIMS OF THE ARTIST . THERE IS ALL YOU COULD WANT REALLY:
· ART HISTORICAL CRITICISM( WITH FREQUENT REFERENCE TO THE ONSUING PLATES) · INTERVIEWS WITH KEITH HARING HIMSELF · A FULL LIST OF ALL THE EXHIBITIONS AND STREET ART HE DID · SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY · 182 PLATES
YOU GET A REAL FEEL FOR WHAT THE ARTIST WAS ABOUT, SO WOULD BE AN IDEAL FIRST BOOK ON KEITH HARING, AND A GOOD REFERENCE BOOK FOR THE ART HISTORY STUDENT!