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Closely based on Haring’s own concept for the monograph he wanted to publish before his untimely death, this volume represents more than a decade of research and contains a wealth of unpublished photographic and written material including drawings, studio photographs, and journal entries. From chalk drawings deep in the New York City subways to murals in Pisa and Berlin; collaborations with William Burroughs and the famous body painting of Grace Jones, this book follows the incredible trajectory of Keith Haring’s artistic career: how a young man from a small town in rural Pennsylvania came to revolutionize the art world—and the course of art history—within little more than a decade. An incredibly prolific artist, Keith Haring created countless bold, provocative, endearing, and unforgettable images that continue to inspire artists—and delight children—worldwide. Tracing the arc from his early subway "tags" to his poignant work on social issues as diverse as AIDS, illiteracy and apartheid, this visually stunning book is the definitive work on Keith Haring.
About the Author
Jeffrey Deitch is a leading New York art dealer representing a range of high profile contemporary artists, as well as the Estate of Keith Haring. Deitch’s writings have appeared in several books, among them, the highly acclaimed Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture. Suzanne Geiss is Managing Director and Producer of Deitch Projects. Julia Gruen, former assistant to Keith Haring, is the executive director of the Keith Haring Foundation. Kenny Scharf and George Condo are renowned international artists.
"...the book's soul is in the artwork itself--and this volume has plenty of heart." ~Metro Source NY
"Visually stunning...and absolutely essential for anyone with an interest in the art world at the end of the 20th Century." ~The Village Voice
"...homage to a thrilling and inspiring career..." ~Flordia InsideOut
"The hefty tome incorporates more than a decade of research and a trove of unpublished photographic and written material ranging from chalk drawings to subway murals and the famous body painting of Grace Jones. A major, well-deserved tribute to the late artist, this handsome offering is a fan’s dream-come-true and just in time for Christmas gifting." ~Indulge Magazine
"...an awe-inspiring monograph of bold, provocative, endearing, and unforgettable images that Haring was renowned for...Truly a book to be treasured." ~Le Petite Chic
"...a definitive book on the artist..." ~Cincinnati Enquirer
"The bold, visionary artist is celebrated in art dealer Jeffrey Deitch’s exhaustive tome that features Haring’s early subway chalk drawings, unpublished photos and never-before-seen journal entries." ~ModernTonic.com