Synonymous with the 1980s downtown New York art scene and embraced by popular culture for his peppy line drawings of dancing figures, Keith Haring (1958–90) blended a cheery optimism and an active sense of humor with a populist, activist commitment in his work. Arriving in New York in 1978 to study at the School of Visual Arts, he experimented with performance, video, installation and collage, and found himself increasingly involved in an alternative art community that showed its work in the streets and nightclubs; Haring himself would find a uniquely effective platform for his drawings in the unused advertising panels scattered throughout the subway system.
Manhattan Penis Drawings for Ken Hicks collects one singular series of Haring’s drawings: a series of cartoonish penises inspired by the city of Manhattan, made in the late 1970s. Sometimes the inspiration is quite literal, as in a drawing of the Twin Towers reimagined as two erect penises. Other times, the relation is more atmospheric, as in the drawing of a frenzied mass of penises evoking the hustle and bustle of the city but also recalling the dynamism of Futurist painting, captioned "Drawing penises in front of The Museum of Modern Art."
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.5 x 7.75 in. / 72 pgs / 70 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/26/2016 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2016 p. 86
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Published by Art Issue Editions. Foreword by Larry Warsh. Text by Henry Geldzahler, Jeffrey Deitch, Carlo McCormick.
Over a five year period, in one of the most epic conquests of civic space ever ventured, Keith Haring (1958–1990) produced a massive body of work across the New York City subway system that remains to this day, some 30 years after the fact, daunting in its scale and its impact upon public consciousness. Dedicated both the people who might randomly encounter them and to the present tense to which their momentary existence was tethered, Haring’s drawings now exist solely in the posterity of myth. Because they were not meant to last, briefly inhabiting blacked-out advertising boards before being covered up by commerce or torn down by authorities and admirers alike, what little remains of this project is oddly (for this most populist of artists) fugitive. 31 Subway Drawings reproduces all archival materials relating to this magnificent project.
PUBLISHER Art Issue Editions
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.5 x 13.5 in. / 64 pgs / 40 color / 7 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/28/2013 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2013 p. 124
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780986000805TRADE List Price: $50.00 CDN $60.00
Published by Moderne Kunst Nürnberg. Edited by Gerald A. Matt, Raphaela Platow. Preface by Gerald A. Matt. Text by Pedro Alonzo, Bill Arning, Synne Genzmer, Raphaela Platow.
Situated in that explosive mini-era from 1978 to 1982 in New York, this monograph explores the early and most experimental period in the career of Keith Haring (1958–1990). Its narrative commences with a portrait of the vigorous studio practice Haring had already established after enrolling in New York’s School of Visual Arts, and tracks his metamorphosis into an ultra-prolific artist creating political public art on downtown streets and responding to the city’s graffiti culture, intent on making art that would thrive outside the boundaries of institutions. Reproduced throughout are rarely seen drawings and sketchbooks, video stills, flyers, posters, photographs, subway drawings, word collages, texts and diaries. The evolution of Haring’s visual vocabulary in these years is explored, through his cornucopia of influences, ranging from Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Alechinsky, Jackson Pollock and Henri Matisse to William Burroughs, Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney. Haring’s heroes directly informed his development of interlocking geometric shapes, comic-inspired narrative storyboards and humor-infused homoerotic tableaux. Keith Haring: 1978–1982 unfolds the nascent career of this tireless creator, philosopher, agitator and activist, one of the most influential and popular artists of the twentieth century.
Published by Moderne Kunst Nürnberg. Edited by Gerald Matt, Raphaela Platow. Text by Pedro Alonzo, Bill Arning, Synne Genzmer, Raphaela Platow.
Situated in those explosive mini-era years from 1978 to 1982 in New York, this monograph explores the early and most experimental period in the career of Keith Haring (1958-1990). Its narrative commences with a portrait of the vigorous studio practice Haring had already established after enrolling in New York's School of Visual Arts, and tracks his metamorphosis into an ultra-prolific artist making political public art on downtown streets and responding to the city's graffiti culture, intent on making art that would fall outside the boundaries of the institutions. Reproduced throughout are rarely seen drawings and sketchbooks, video stills, flyers, posters, photographs, subway drawings, word collages, texts and diaries. Keith Haring: 1978-1982 unfolds the nascent career of this tireless creator, philosopher, agitator and activist, one of the most iconic and popular artists of the twentieth century.
Published by Rubell Family Collection. Edited by Mark Coetzee. Text by Steven Nash, Robert Hobbs, Mark Coetzee.
Against All Odds reproposes Keith Haring as a political artist who incorporated issues around consumerism, drug addiction and AIDS into his concerns, and casts his art as a joyous expression of Nietzsche's "will to power," surmounting cultural malaise with graphic boldness. Haring's relationship with Don and Mera Rubell began early on in his career, when the Rubells visited the Mudd Club (one of New York's earliest discos) in 1981, to see an exhibition of graffiti art which Haring had co-curated. This volume contains the entirety of their collection, much of which is reproduced for the first time, and which is contextualized alongside works by Haring's mentors and friends, Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Jean-Michel Basquiat, George Condo and Tseng Kwong Chi. Mark Coetzee provides a long interview with the Rubells, in which they reminisce on their relationship with Haring.
PUBLISHER Rubell Family Collection
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 10 x 12.25 in. / 288 pgs / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/31/2009 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2009 p. 76
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780982119501TRADE List Price: $60.00 CDN $70.00
Published by Skarsdedt. Text by Elizabeth Sussman.
In 1990, when Keith Haring died of AIDS at the age of 31, The New York Times detailed a "meteoric career" that was built around a "cartoonish universe inhabited by crawling children, barking dogs and dancing figures, all set in motion by staccatolike lines." This volume, published in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the artist's birth, serves as a survey of some of Haring's best known works--taking the viewer through the three stylistic turning points of his short yet impressive career. First, we are presented with the cartooning influences, where thick bold lines are laid down with ink on paper or drawn directly onto empty subway posters. Next come Haring's most iconic works, fully developed by the mid-1980s, when he began to work directly on canvas. Finally, we come to work that hints at Haring's own social awareness and fight against AIDS--the depiction of intentionally unfinished canvases and devil-like figures, for example.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.5 x 11 in. / 60 pgs / 18 color / 5 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/1/2008 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2009 p. 184
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780970909091TRADE List Price: $20.00 CDN $25.00
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Gotz Adriani. Essays by Ralph Melcher and Andreas Schalhorn.
The American paitner and sculptor Keith Haring, who died in 1990, is, without question, one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. More than a decade after his death, his output is still important to both a younger generation of artists and to the public in general. Therefore, as more and more of his fans and admirers know him only from the posters and products adorned with his images, it seems all the more essential to present the lesser-known aspects of Haring's oeuvre: to look beyond the Haring of the ubiquitous, world-famous cheerful matchstick figures. From his earliest days as an artist, Haring engaged with the meaning of death, suffering, and violence; with the importance of religion and the afterlife to the individual and to society. It is only against this background that his positive, life-affirming icons can be properly understood. The main focus of this publication is on paintings and drawings from the artist's estate, some of which have never been previously published, as well as the rarely seen, large format pictures and wall hangings on the theme of heaven and hell.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Klaus Littmann
This vibrant catalogue presents the complete collections of Haring's inspiring work, including many editions created right before his death from AIDS. This book is a tribute to his empowering graphic aesthetic.