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Keith Haring: Manhattan Penis Drawings for Ken Hicks

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Haring’s humorous drawings envision New York as the city of the phallus

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."


  • Paperback :  72 pages 
  • Publisher :  Nieves (July 26, 2016) 
  • Product Dimensions :  5.6 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches