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Keith Haring at the Brooklyn Museum

by habituallychic

04 . 15 . 12
When Canadian interior designer Tommy Smythe was last in town, he invited me along to the Brooklyn Museum to see the Keith Haring: 1978–1982 exhibit.  It was a bit of the blind leading the blind getting there but luckily we made it. I was familiar with Keith Haring’s work but this show introduced me to so many more facets of his art.  It was fascinating to watch the videos of him painting in what can only be described as a methodical trance.  The pieces above was created from one long continuous length of paper and I love how you can see the drip marks from the paint. The exhibit also showcases his notebooks, photographs, and subway drawings, as well as his friendship with artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf.  Keith Haring died on February 16, 1990 from complications from AIDS at the age of 31.  A sad tragedy that we are lucky doesn’t happen as often these days.  Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is lovely tribute his legacy and definitely worth the trek to Brooklyn. 

Keith Haring subway drawing above a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Interior designer Tommy Smythe taking a photo. 

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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  1. Tiffany Leigh {thedesignerlifestyle} April 16, 2012 | 12:17 am

    I watched a Keith Haring documentary in my Contemporary American Art History class this semester. I think his work is genius. A truly talented artist.
    ps. I’m pretty jealous that you got to go to this art exhibit, and even more so that Tommy was your date!

  2. Al April 16, 2012 | 1:11 am

    Great post! What an awesome exhibit, can’t wait to see it. Keith has always been one of my favorites, especially since he was an SVA alumnus, as am I. His work is amazing. I am such a fan, that my 3 year old has a Keith Haring bib! -Al

  3. Karena April 16, 2012 | 2:46 am

    Stunning , mesmerizing works of art, Heather and your photographs do capture them. I would of course love to see this exhibit! Haring a genius gone too soon, much too soon!

    Art by Karena

  4. Richie Designs April 16, 2012 | 3:18 am

    that long horizontal piece is kind of what it looks like in my head!

  5. brendam April 16, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    Thank you for this post on Keith Haring’s work. Loved it! He deserves a big place in art history. Not surprising that you sought this out with Tommy Smythe: both artists are intelligent, witty and are capable of translating emotion onto their chosen canvass. A humbling exhibition.

  6. Linda April 17, 2012 | 12:04 am

    Exhibition looks amazing!

    Tommy Smythe as a friend – MORE than! Green with envy I am…. 🙂


  7. mary April 17, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    So many talented artists lost. ARtists with amazing voices that we needed to hear. Thanks. Mary