Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Keith Haring Mural Re-Created

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A Keith Haring mural, above, that enjoyed only a brief life on a street in Lower Manhattan in the 1980s may soon return, The New York Sun reported. A gallery and foundation that represent Haring, who died of AIDS at 31 in 1990, hired a team of artists to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his birth, on May 4, by recreating his untitled Day-Glo pink, orange and green mural. The artwork, on a freestanding concrete slab near Houston Street and the Bowery in 1982, soon began to fade, and Haring painted over it to forestall further decomposition. Artists intend to rely on photographs of the mural and paint samples recovered from scraping graffiti at the site to replicate the design and match the color of the paint used by Haring.
-- New York Times

Keith Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s. From 1976 to 1978 he studied graphic design at The Ivy School of Professional Art, a commercial and fine art school in Pittsburgh. Keith later moved to New York City, where he was greatly inspired by the graffiti art, and additionally studied at the School of Visual Arts. He achieved his first public attention with chalk drawings in the subways of New York. -- Wikipedia

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