Hello + Happy Wednesday! And of course today, I am here for our weekly #OnWednesdayWeWearArt link up [at the bottom of the page] with Liv, from Unbelievably Human . I also tell you which artist are my inspiration in the weeks coming up, at the end of this post! I made Pinterest boards for each of these artist, incase you aren’t familiar with them. AND because I had a few folks saying they want to participate, but wanted to know my calendar of who I was doing so they could plan ahead. Eventually I will get this all on to a calendar and posted/e-mailed [promise] for everyone who wants it!
Today, I am sharing with you an artist/outfit that I actually meant to post back in December. But I was totally overwhelmed one week, then sick, then out of the country- so here it is now! My outfit matches Marta [our ‘subway’ system in Atlanta], which is just where artist Keith Haring was notorious for making his art. Well, not Marta- but in the Subways. Doodling chalk drawings on opened advertising panels.
Keith Haring was a New York City street artist from the 80’s. The playful simplicity of Keith Harings work, which depicted dancing silhouettes, barking dogs, dolphins, and crawling babies covered the streets + subways of New York City and interested commuters + celebrities alike. His art would only last a day or two before being covered up by ads. But that was enough to grab peoples attention! By the end of his short life/career he was known world wide and even painted a mural on the Berlin Wall. He was best known as a street artist + activist, but as well as a commercial artist- like his comrades, Andy Warhol Jean-Michel Basquiat.
One of Keith Haring’s goals was to make art for everyone. He was quoted somewhere saying that he thought it was awesome to see a kid walking around with a shirt of his on that cost $12, because that kid would probably never be able to afford a $30,000 painting. I love that! Art should be for everyone, and artist should be paid for their work! It has nothing to do with ‘selling’ out. But everything to do with reaching ‘the people’ [pre-internet days, subway art- genius way to reach the masses!]. If your trying to make a career/living at it. Therefore, your art should be approachable + interesting to the people. Meaning it should provoke some type of emotion from them.
I think Haring’s art is simplistic, eye catching and provoking- which is probably why it is still loved by so many. His work went world wide in the 80’s and is still being used + marketed today! In my classroom, I used to have these wall decals up of his art work- that I got from Ikea, and my students LOVED them. So in art club one day, they traced each other and hung up the final pieces in the hallway as a giant mural. I have a picture of it on a hard drive somewhere, but couldn't find it.
Are you familiar with his work? What do you think? Start a conversation in the comments below!
All photos of Keith Haring found on this site, or on the Pinterest board I linked to below.
Here is the artist that I have planned for the next few weeks. Ill let you know if any thing changes!
This week : Keith Haring // website // my Pinterest board // Artsy
January 28th : Starla Michelle // website // my Pinterest board
February 4th : this week is actually a secret, for now! So- your on your own!
February 11th : Marie Laurencin // website // my Pinterest board // Artsy
February 18th : Henri Rousseau // website // my Pinterest board // Artsy
February 25th : Jean-Michel Basquiat // website // my pinterest board // Artsy
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