Keith Haring: Posters
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
Keith Haring, Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death, Fight Aids Act Up, New York, 1989, © Keith Haring Foundation
Keith Haring. Posters brings together more than a hundred posters from the collection at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG). Thanks to the endowment provided by the Hamburg collector Claus von der Osten, this group of works is unrivalled in terms of its completeness. In the exhibition, the posters are complemented by numerous smaller objects and marketing products that Haring had on sale in his Pop Shop in New York.
Keith Haring, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1958, moved to New York at the age of twenty and was immediately captivated by the lively street art scene. At this time pop art was well established and graffiti was making its mark on the cityscape. Haring only needed a few years to find his way as an artist. He developed an unmistakeable style, whose powerful lines and figurative motifs have an affinity with strip cartoons and street art. He was granted less than a decade as a successful artist, but he filled this period with an astonishing energy that is still reverberating today. Throughout his life Haring saw himself – in contrast to many of his contemporaries – as a political artist seeking to inform and reach a broad public with his art.