Before Keith Haring unleashed the Pop Shop on the streets of Tokyo, before he landed a commissioned mural for the Berlin Wall, he and his friends ruled downtown NYC. Now open at the New-York Historical Society, the exhibition Keith Haring All-Over focuses on the artist's uniquely New York moments before his global takeover, celebrating his ability to transform ordinary objects––ready-made sculpture, furniture, clothing, and even the human body––into extraordinary, energetic artworks.
This exhibit highlights pieces of Haring's immense body of work as largely collaborative efforts between himself and New York's most progressive figures, many of them documented by a name familiar among Haring enthusiasts, photographer Tseng Kwong Chi. The most notable among these interactive projects was Haring's Into 84 show at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery. Haring covered choreographer Bill T. Jones in his neo-cave paintings while Kwong Chi shot Jones' powerful performance. Other collection highlights include footage of Haring designing the larger-than-life costumes for Grace Jones' "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You)" music video, and the pink leather jacket Madonna wore at Haring’s first "Party of Life" birthday celebration in 1984. These youthful collaborations became a platform to take his socially conscious semiotic style to a global scale.
The small-yet-impactful exhibition presents an archeological glimpse into a downtown of the past. From the Mudd Club, to the Paradise Garage, to Canal Street C-trains, Haring left an indelible mark on New York and eventually, the world. See the show before it closes on November 13, 2013.
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