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Haring (Basic Art Series 2.0)

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One of the key figures in the New  York art world of the 1980s, Keith Haring (1958–1990) created a  signature style that blended street art, graffiti, a Pop sensibility,  and cartoon elements to unique, memorable effect. With thick black  outlines, bright colors, and kinetic figures, his public (and  occasionally illegal) interventions, sculptures, and works on canvas and  paper have become instantly recognizable icons of 20th-century visual  culture.From his first chalk drawings in the New York City subway  stations, to his renowned “Radiant Baby” symbol, and his commissions  for Swatch Watch and Absolut Vodka, Haring’s work was both emblematic of  the manic work ethic of 1980s New York, yet distinctive for its social  awareness. Belying their bright, playful aesthetics, his pieces often  tackled intensely controversial socio-political issues, including  racism, capitalism, religious fundamentalism, and the increasing impact  of AIDS on New York’s gay community, the latter foreshadowing his own  death from the disease in 1990.In this vivid introduction to  Haring’s work, we explore the dynamic life and innovative spirit of this  singular artist, who spent little more than a decade in the spotlight,  but through the accessibility of his visual vocabulary and the strength  of his political commitment became one of the most significant artists  to emerge from New York’s vibrant, downtown community.

About the series
Born  back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling  art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art  series features:
a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
a concise biography
approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions


  • Hardcover :  96 pages 
  • Product Dimensions :  8.4 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches 
  • Publisher :  TASCHEN; Illustrated Edition (July 27, 2016)