Keith Haring 1978-1982
WORDS BY : LIZ RAISS
Keith Haring 1978-1982, a hefty little tome curated by Raphaela Platow, demonstrates the true scope of Haring’s brilliance, so often represented by his cutesy, hyperactive little figures. The book provides comprehensive context for the electric NYC scene Haring cut his aesthetic teen in, as well as the artist’s charismatic allure. It doesn’t just present a macro view of young Haring, there are loads of diary entries, graffiti, and early sketches. While it’s particularly image-heavy, the pages also contain fascinating little essays on how and why Haring’s style and methodology evolved over those critical four years.
Four years! The prolificness and imagination bursting out of such a sport span induce a piercing combination of guilt and inspiration. You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé, and as many weeks in a year as Keith Haring. So get working.