Since April 19, Paris vibrates with the lively and graphic lines of the New York artist Keith Haring in a solo retrospective to be discovered at the Modern Art Museum of Paris and the Centquatre art center.
For me, Keith Haring’s work was more about fun and dynamic decors for mug sets and t-shirts. I was, I must admit, missing out on the whole political dimension of the work and commitment of this precursor street artist with such recognizable style. My ignorance has been repaired with this exciting exhibition featuring hundreds of exclusive works in France, made on canvas, pottery, sculptures or exhibited in the subway!
In color or black and white, his work is of remarkable vitality and energy. His iconic clear line drawings seem to overflow into his paintings, which communicate a deeply libertarian and humanist message. His work remains resolutely contemporary and visionary. He passed away too early at the age of 32 years due to the AIDS disease, this friend of Basquiat and Andy Warhol, who invaded public spaces to protest against racism, injustice, homophobia, environmental disasters, would have so much to do today to save the world.
“Keith Haring, the political line”
Until August 18 at the Modern Art Museum of Paris, 11 avenue du Président Wilson 75016 PARIS