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Keith Haring

Keith Haring
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An American artist and social activist, Keith Haring is known for his recognizable signature and illustrative graffiti depicting figures and symbols. Immersed in the New York graffiti scene of the 1980s, he befriended fellow artists Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and collaborated with celebrities like the singer Grace Jones. Diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1988, Haring’s prodigious career was brief, and he died of AIDS-related complications in 1990 at the age of 31. Before his death, Haring established the Keith Haring Foundation, a non-profit committed to raising awareness of the illness through art programming and community outreach. Haring’s works can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C, among others.

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