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Since opening in June, Keith Haring (1958 – 1990) at Tate Liverpool has drawn visitors in the tens of thousands, including a number of famous faces too. This UK first exhibition features everything from early works to legacy programmes, chalk on paper, video, audio, paint on vinyl and captures 1980’s New York sub culture like it has been frozen in time.
Fat Boy Slim, Russell Tovey, Sugar Hill Gang and John Barrowman have all made the trip to Tate Liverpool to see the exhibition – but time is running out if you want to see it for yourself. The exhibition closes on Sunday 10th November and goes on tour across Europe.
If you love hip hop, rap, motifs, graffiti, cartoons, art work that bursts with colours, different textures, fashion, typography, art that speaks, makes a statement and inspires – you have to see Keith Haring (1958 – 1990) at Tate Liverpool.
Alongside his hugely popular public artwork, Haring also designed album covers for the likes of David Bowie and Run DMC and developed a fashion line with the dame herself, Vivienne Westwood. Whether you’re ‘in to art’ or not, Keith Haring (1958-1990) is a ticket and an hour of your time you will long remember and not regret.
You can’t help but feel inspired by not only Keith Haring’s artwork, but also his story. He loved cartoons as a kid and was inspired by Walt Disney. He doodled a lot and would draw on whatever he could find, this led to creating striking artworks in public spaces for everyone to enjoy. His figures represented lots of different aspects of his life including his political beliefs and support of the LGBTQ community and equal rights.
Haring moved to New York to study art in the late 1970’s. He wanted everyone to have access to art and took to the NYC subway to create his continuous, cartoon-like line artworks on whatever he could find. Walls, floors, posters, building site hoardings even the hood of a iconic yellow NYC taxi cab. You can see examples all of the above at Tate Liverpool.
Similar to the community, DIY feel of today’s Baltic Triangle, artists in 1070’s NYC came together in the East Village. Club 57, found in the basement of a Polish church, this became the base for which Haring would organise exhibitions of his own drawing and video works and curate for others. A true artist hang out, with film screenings, live music, open mic and of course art. We reckon he’d have loved the Liverpool vibe too.
Keith Haring (1958-1990) is open for all to enjoy, although it does contain some mild sexual content. Moving to the bohemian-style East Village, Haring was able to live openly as a gay man for the first time. This influenced a number of art works on display at Tate in which Haring explores his sexual freedom. These are bound to rouse interest on your Instagram story!
Ronald Regan was campaigning to be the next president of the United States in 1980 when Keith Haring, essentially began trolling him with a new form of art. Haring created collages using images and newspaper cuttings to make subversive messages, which he then fly posted around the city streets. The 1980’s equivalent of that giant inflatable Trump! You can see photo’s of these artworks at Tate Liverpool.
There’s so much to see in Keith Haring’s large artworks. Men, women, babies, animals, robots, alien spaceships, you name it. One particular figure, one with a whole in its stomach is particularly poignant for Tate Liverpool. Following the news that John Lennon had been shot in NYC, the artist woke from a nights sleep with this striking image, a figure of death and fragility, in his head.
America was a largely homophobic country during the 1980’s and when the HIV/AIDs epidemic began, Haring’s work reflected his commitment to equal rights. Following his own HIV-positive diagnosis and suffering failing health, the artist established the Keith Haring Foundation in 1989 to support HIV/AIDS organisations and charities and marginalised youths.
We’re already firm fans of the Tate Liverpool giftshop and Keith Haring (1958-1990) has only added to its allure. Bursting with colour there’s Keith Haring prints, postcards, badges, books, t-shirts, stationery and more. A little piece of this incredibly important artist to take home and treasure.
Tickets for the Keith Haring (1958 – 1990) are priced at £12.50 each with an option to add a small donation to Tate. There’s three whole floors or amazing modern art to check out for free during the rest of your visit to the waterfront gallery.
To get your tickets to see Keith Haring (1958-1990) at Tate Liverpool, head to www.tate.org.uk and follow @tateliverpool on socials for exhibition updates. You can also tag your pics and reviews with #KeithHaring
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