Skip to main content

Instagram Takeover: Keith Haring Foundation

Throughout this life, Keith Haring made and distributed countless posters for a range of causes in which the artist believed, from literacy campaigns and crack use awareness, to nuclear disarmament and safe sex practices.

Seen here is a selection of Haring’s posters, all composed in the artist’s signature style:

1. “Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death,” Act Up Poster, 1989
2. National Coming Out Day Poster, 1988
3. “Crack Down!” 1986
4. Anti-Nuclear Rally Poster distributed for free at the “Rally for Nuclear Disarmament” in Central Park, NYC, 1982
5. “USA Celebrates Unicef,” 1988

All images courtesy of The Keith Haring Foundation. @keithharingfoundation#KeithHaring #KeithHaringFoundation #Poster #ActUp

This series of drawings is from the major traveling retrospective of Keith Haring’s life and work, which had been put on hold these past couple of months.

Starting at Tate Liverpool, the exhibition is currently at BOZAR, Brussels, where the show has now been extended through July 21, before traveling on to Museum Folkwang in Essen.

From the exhibition catalogue on the subject of these drawings: "One of Haring’s most elegant and harrowing works is a series of ten drawings, dated 24 April 1988…in which Haring casts the AIDS virus (HIV) as a malevolent ‘demon sperm’." All images: Keith Haring, ‘Untitled,’ April 1988, Gouache and ink on paper. Courtesy of The Keith Haring Foundation. @keithharingfoundation #KeithHaring#KeithHaringFoundation #BOZAR#TateLiverpool

One of Barcelona’s great public art treasures is an intensely red linear mural on a concrete wall near the entrance of the MACBA in the Raval.

Originally painted in 1989 on a long, low buttress in Barcelona’s Barrio del Chino, the work was transferred to its current location in 1992. A horizontal piece, the mural depicts a narrative of drugs, illness and death with various Haring-esque creatures populating the scene, from humanoid forms to a condom.

Ultimately, Good visually triumphs over Evil, and the mural’s message is upbeat: “Todos juntos podemos parar el sida (Together we can stop AIDS).” All photos: Gil Vazquez, 1989. @keithharingfoundation #KeithHaring#Mural #MACBA

Music played a central role in the creation of Keith Haring’s art.

In 1981, Keith Haring, Fab 5 Freddy and Futura 2000 organized ‘Beyond Words,’ the first downtown graffiti show on the top floor of The Mudd Club, with Afrika Bambaataa DJing at the opening. Downstairs the dancefloor was populated with New York’s new punk and no wave glitterati – David Byrne, Debbie Harry, The Contortions – who mixed with East Village aspiring artists and Studio 54 celebrities like Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and David Bowie.

At his early solo shows, Haring hired break-dancers and DJs (including his partner Juan Dubose, or J.D.) to play at the openings. As hip-hop and electro exploded into the world, boogie-ing characters also populated Haring’s paintings with much of the kinetic energy of his work inspired by the dancefloor and street moves of B-Boys and B-Girls.

All images: From the Collection of The Keith Haring Foundation Archives. @keithharingfoundation #KeithHaring#Graffiti #MuddClubb

In a series of arresting Polaroid photographs, Keith Haring models different pairs of glasses painted by his close friend Kenny Scharf.

Haring mentions his friendship with Scharf and a similar Polaroid collaboration in his posthumously published journals from the 70s and 80s: “November 20, 1979. Last night Kenny and I went to Times Square to do Polaroid photographs after seeing Barbara Buckner’s video tape - Pictures of the Lost - at the Donnell Library. We watched this incredible black woman in a fluorescent orange poncho playing an electric organ. She was the best organ player I’ve heard in a long time. She would go through these incredible abstract chord changes. She was totally unaware of the preconceived structures of songs and the only way you could tell what she was playing was by listening to the words. She did the most far-out version of “Blue Suede Shoes” I ever heard. We were the only people watching except for two other men.” All images: Keith Haring ‘Untitled,’ circa 1981, Polaroid photograph. From the Collection of The Keith Haring Foundation Archives. @keithharingfoundation #KeithHaring#KeithHaringFoundation #Polaroid

The historic exhibition “Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines” at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria was unfortunately cut short due to the global pandemic.

Focusing on the many intersections between their lives, the exhibition surveyed Haring and Basquiat’s tragically short, yet prolific careers through more than 200 artworks, including works created in public spaces, painting, sculpture, objects, works on paper, photographs and more.

Seen here are two collaborative artworks by Haring and Basquiat, realized in June 1981.

Images: Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat, "Untitled," 1981, Color felt-tip pen and gold spray paint on paper​. Courtesy of The Keith Haring Foundation. @keithharingfoundation#KeithHaring #JeanMichelBasquiat#CrossingLines #NGV