Keith Haring In the Subway 1980 - 1985
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Jean Dubuffet, Dhotel nuance d'abricot, 1947
Oil on canvas, 45 1/2 x 35 in.



Behind an apparent ease of invention in Haring's work lies much visual knowledge and sophistication. As a child Keith Haring's ambitions was to be a cartoonist and illustrator. His ease, fluency, and comic invention were astonishing at an early age. He enrolled in commercial art school in Pittsburgh bu t left after six months with a newfound dedication to the fine arts. It was in Pittsburgh, living on his own, that he happened o the Pierre Alechinsky exhibition at Carnegie Institute in 1977. Alechinsky in 1977 was a curious choice as the subject of a retrospective; his graphic style, which evolved in the 1950's could not have seemed more out of phase in the minimal preponderance of the late 1970s. In the elegantly agitated graphism of Alechinsky, Haring saw that expressionism (abstract and European at that) was again an option - an energetic prototype that could be absorbed and proffered again.

-- from the Intoduction to Art in Transit
     by Henry Geldzahler
| Complete essay.

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