Brooklyn Museum Plans Keith Haring Survey for 2012

Keith Haring, "Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death," 1989. (Photo: Estate of Keith Haring)

Earlier this year, the Brooklyn Museum, citing financial issues, nixed its plans to show “Art in the Streets,” the controversial graffiti and street art exhibition that was shown recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. However, it now appears that at least one artist from that show will still get a major survey in Brooklyn: Keith Haring.

The Brooklyn Museum announced today that, next April, it will present an exhibition called “Keith Haring: 1978-1982,” focusing on the artist’s early work, which he made from about the age of 20 through his mid 20s. Haring died of AIDS in 1990.

The show was organized by, and has previously been shown at, the Kunsthalle Wien and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Last year, the Gladstone Gallery became the representative of Haring’s estate.

Do you have 15 minutes to spare? We recommend the wonderfully lively documentary about the artist embedded below. Its opening lines:

“The early 1980s: a time of prosperity and new hope for the America dream. But it was poverty emerging in the streets. The need for social change was being expressed by young people who were making their mark on the walls of the city. No one knew more about making a mark than the graffiti artists of New York.”

Brooklyn Museum Plans Keith Haring Survey for 2012