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Keith Haring (American b. 1958–1990)

Bridging the gap between the art world and the street, Keith Haring rose to prominence in the early 1980s with his graffiti drawings made in the subways and on the sidewalks of New York City. Combining the appeal of cartoons with the raw energy of Art Brut artists like Jean DuBuffet, Haring developed a distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic centred on fluid, bold outlines against a dense, rhythmic overspread of imagery like that of babies, barking dogs, flying saucers, hearts, and Mickey Mouse. In his subway drawings and murals, Haring explored themes of exploitation, subjugation, drug abuse, and raising fears of nuclear holocaust, which became increasingly apocalyptic after his AIDS diagnosis. Alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Jenny Holzer, Haring is regarded as a leading figure in New York East Village Art scene in the 1970s and '80s.

A LOOK BACK AT 'KING OF HEARTS'

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On September 30th D’Stassi Art opened our doors to perhaps the most exciting exhibition yet Angel ‘LA II’ Ortiz’s King of Hearts. Despite the typical British weather, nearly 1000 artlovers,...
D'STASSI ART INSPIRED SPEAKS TO JANIE SCHAFFER

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DA Presents: Inspired is a new article series where we ask talented individuals from various industries to explain the effect that art has had on them professionally. We explore to...
THE POLITICS OF GRAFFITI: FROM STREET TO GALLERY

THE POLITICS OF GRAFFITI: FROM STREET TO GALLERY

Street art and politics are closely intertwined, whether that be in terms of inspiration, identity or institution. In its heyday, the New York graffiti scene was subversive; an open call...