It’s the radiant baby, the barking dog and the dancing man; the badges and the t-shirts; the unmissable mural spelling out CRACK IS WACK. Keith Haring’s career was short but spectacular, and he leaves behind a lasting legacy. From his chalk drawings in city-wide subway stations, to his collaborations with the superstars of his day, Haring’s life was founded on a belief in the power of people to change the world. And he delivered this optimism in a burst of creative energy, as Tate curator Darren Pih explains – visual activism with a bold graphic line.
For the Yes, but why? article series we teamed up with WePresent to tell the stories of Haring and four other game-changing artists. Here we chose three quotes from the article to give you some insight into his world.
1. He built a language out of simple positive symbols
2. He worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the Aids crisis
3. He turned his art into merchandise for the masses
This is based on an interview between Maisie Skidmore and Tate curator, Darren Pih for story-telling site WePresent.