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Drawing the Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring DVD

Drawing the Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring DVD

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Drawing the Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring DVD

When artist Keith Haring died in February 1990 of AIDS, he left behind an astonishing artistic legacy. In his 31 years, Haring went from being an anonymous graffiti artist who drew chalk figures on New York City subway posters, to being called the successor to Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. This revealing profile of Haring's work and world views contains interviews with gallery owners Leo Castelli and Tony Shafrazi, actor/friend Dennis Hopper, Whitney Museum curator Barbara Haskell, and many of the leaders of the international art scene. More importantly, this is an inside view of a controversial artist whose passion for the contemporary human condition was the fervor that drove his art.

Haring's hieroglyphics-like style filtered the modern world through the perspective and wonderment of a child, yet he always incorporated social issues such as the fight against apartheid, crack and AIDS into his work. Within a few short years, his drawings became ubiquitous, largely through the artist's eagerness to break the boundaries between old and new ways of presenting art to the public, by decorating everything from walls to watches, billboards to buttons. He even opened a store, the Pop Shop in New York City, which sold his wide range of artifacts. As the Village Voice observed in his obituary, "Keith always drew on the aesthetic of the street. There was a spontaneity in his work, a free-flowing vitality that transcended all the usual boundaries of high/low culture and communicated instantly."

Total running time: 30 minutes

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ISBN D1263