Top 5 Amazing Works of Art by Keith Haring
Keith Haring was an artist who grew out of the New York scene. He was known for graffiti style art he often made in New York subway stations. He eventually grew famous and was often compared the Andy Warhol with the style of Pop art he created. His fame grew in the 1980s with his works being produced and items he helped design selling very well. He liked to put a spotlight on AIDS, safe sex, and many comments on the popular culture that still relevant today. Sadly he passed away from AIDS in February of 1990. We take a look back at the work Keith Haring produced with these Top 5 Works of Art by Keith Haring.
Keith Haring – Untitled in 1978
This is one of the earliest Keith Haring works back when he was mostly doing graffiti on New York subway lines. This artwork was done with a felt tip pen and watercolors on paper. It doesn’t look like a grand masterpiece but this from when he didn’t have the notoriety he would gain in the next decade. This piece doesn’t actually have a proper title as many of Haring’s works didn’t. It is only 7 1/8 x 9 7/8 inches so it isn’t very big either. Despite its size, it gives hints of the abilities he would bring to his art in the future.
Keith Haring – Untitled in 1981
A sculpture of a vase brought to life by using markers on fiberglass. Whether he actually made the fiberglass vase or just colored over it to make it look good isn’t really known. It is covered in things that would be known in Haring’s work like a line of graffiti-style people, alien spaceships getting ready to land, a brain on television, and a few people trying not to be eaten by two long snakes coming together. The vase is nearly 4 feet tall so it grabs attention no matter what room it sits in.
Untitled in 1982
This piece of artistry was done in 1982 and like many pieces of art he created, he never gave it a title. It is also not the only artwork he did that was of Mickey Mouse. Haring had grown up admiring Disney and wanted to work for Disney. He did many different pieces of art featuring the cartoon mouse. This particular piece was done with ink on paper and is over 6 feet tall.
Untitled in 1982
Another untitled work from 1982 is this one done on Enamel and metal. Although not nearly as big as the Mickey Mouse work done with ink on paper, this work is about 47 inches on either side. The face shows that Haring had his own cartoon style in a lot of his work. This work has been redone in several places around the world in a showcase of Haring’s work and as a tribute to his art and the feelings he inspired. He used this 3 eyed character many times in his art in the years following this.
A work on silkscreen from 1986. This was one of several works of the character Andy Mouse that Haring created. Not only did he use his big influence from Disney animation but also his admiration and friendship with fellow artist Andy Warhol. It is said that the work he did in creating Andy Mouse was Haring’s combination of the two big cultural idols. Haring used the character even after Warhol died in February of 1987 and Andy Mouse was used for years after Haring died in February 1990 after a tough battle with AIDS.