04 Jun 2013 - 01 Nov 2013
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MB
"A more holistic and basic idea of wanting to incorporate [art] into every part of life, less as an egotistical exercise and more natural somehow...Taking it off the pedestal. I'm giving it back to the people I guess." - Keith Haring
Starting out as a young graffiti artist in New York, Keith Haring became internationally recognized for his paintings and sculptures which were based on simplified iconic forms. His works have been exhibited both in art institutions and public spaces. He was a prolific artist who created images that are both whimsical and politically engaged. By his early twenties, Haring had gained massive popularity inside and outside of the traditional art system. The iconography in Haring's work is made up of archetypes, both historical and cultural, often inspired by televisual images. He uses easily identifiable signs such as stick-like human figures, crosses, spirals and circles, punctuating them with radiating lines and dots.
Keith Haring Untitled (Ringed Figure), 1987 Aluminum with polyurethane enamel, 243.5 x 190 x 124.5 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Gift of Alan Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1999 © The Foundation of Keith Haring Photo © NGC