Iconic Artworks by Keith Haring Pop Up in a Vibrant New Book

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#art history #Keith Haring #Pop art #pop-ups #public art #Simon Arizpe

a pop-up paper dog figure with a yellow body and little black doodles inside of various shapes and other figures, by Keith Haring from a pop-up book

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One of the most iconic figures of the 1980s Pop Art movement, Keith Haring (previously) is best known for his playful pictograms like “Radiant Baby” or “Barking Dog,” motifs that frequently appeared in compositions amid boldly outlined dancing figures, flying saucers, gender symbols, angels, crosses, and pyramids. His energetic surfaces depict colorful, playful scenes, incorporating a deceptive simplicity and vibrancy to bolster important and challenging themes of community, health, religion, politics, and sexuality.

Haring always loved to draw. As a child in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, he doodled and learned basic cartooning skills by observing movers and shakers of midcentury popular culture like Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney. In 1978, after high school and two semesters in a commercial art program, Haring wasn’t satisfied with pursuing a career as a graphic artist. So, he moved to New York City, enrolled at the School of Visual Arts, and landed at the epicenter of an alternative art and graffiti scene burgeoning in the city’s subways, clubs, and streets.

Befriending and often collaborating with art historical behemoths like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf, Haring experimented with a range of mediums, from performance and video to installation and collage. And while he was invigorated by the New York art community and the opportunity to experiment, he also looked to the past for guidance, studying the work of Jean Dubuffet and Pierre Alechinsky, among others. Drawing always remained a central tenet of his practice, often emerging on subway advertising panels or, above ground, on walls, billboards, and even an amusement park.

Keith Haring Pop Up Book, newly published by Poposition Press and engineered by Simon Arizpe (previously), recreates six of Haring’s iconic works, including Sculptures, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Pop Shop Grid, Dog, Silence=Death, and Houston Street Mural. 

Learn more about the artist’s life and work on the Keith Haring Foundation’s website, and grab your own copy of the book from the Colossal Shop.

a pop-up paper spread from a pop-up book of artwork by Keith Haring, this piece depicting a stack of colorful androgynous figures on top of a red dog  a pop-up paper spread from a pop-up book of artwork by Keith Haring, this piece depicting a black-and-white outlined artwork of two hands reaching across a plane with other figures in the background like angels and bats

a pop-up paper spread from a pop-up book of artwork by Keith Haring, this piece depicting a grid of 12 smaller, cartoon images with scenes of angels and people interacting

a pop-up paper spread from a pop-up book of artwork by Keith Haring, this piece depicting a pink and black pyramid made of abstract figures in a stack  a pop-up paper spread from a pop-up book of artwork by Keith Haring, this piece depicting a recreation of a street mural with smiley faces that have three eyes, upside-down green dancing figures, planets, and tiny running figures in orange

a pop-up paper spread from a pop-up book of artwork by Keith Haring, this piece depicting the artist working on a mural

the cover of the book 'Keith Haring Pop Up Book' with a grid of six images featuring cartoonish figures interacting

#art history #Keith Haring #Pop art #pop-ups #public art #Simon Arizpe

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