March 23, 2012

"In the silly series 'Manhattan Penis Drawings' (1978), the World Trade Center appears as two phalluses."

You know, those were different times!

But I would love to go back to NYC and see the big Keith Haring show at the Brooklyn Museum. It's there until July 8.

Here's the drawing referenced in the post title.

13 comments:

Curious George said...

I see they're right...the Jews do run the NYC financial center! ;-)

ricpic said...

Whatever the deeper meanings of his work, if any, Keith Haring's stuff makes me happy.

chickenlittle said...

The twin towers sketch reminds me of middle school.

Patrick said...

Is this the guy whose drawings you found "utterly charming?"

edutcher said...

Some people need a real life.

Ann Althouse said...

@edutcher Haring died of AIDS quite a while ago. I wish he did have a real life. I miss him.

edutcher said...
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edutcher said...

Speaking metaphorically about what seemed an obsession.

I believe you pointed out his death with your last post about him.

Rusty said...

Talk about low hanging fruit............

wyo sis said...

I don't get it. Must be too bourgeois. It's the prosaic westerner in me I guess.

Chip Ahoy said...

I've only seen the happy street things. But really, what is not to get? How do you convey a thing like joy with as few lines and color fields as possible and still be appealing? Massively appealing. That was a real question, how would you do it?

Like him or not Keith Haring did that. Don't you see his art everywhere? I can tell they're prized by the people who own them because they display them so prominently.

I've only seen the happy street art. I've noticed the boxy dog showing up a lot. I had never seen anything like the apparent sacrifice before the howling wolves tree with the crowd of people all around, now that is interesting.

Kurt said...

I remember buying a Keith Haring postcard in the mid-80s when AIDS was in the news quite a bit. I knew nothing about him, but it was an image of a happy, dancing, orange person on a yellow background. I don't remember how I figured out who Haring was, but eventually I did. I wasn't surprised to learn that he was gay or that he had died of AIDS, but I did think it was quite sad since it was such a happy image.

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