I caught a documentary the other night on Keith Haring, an artist I knew close to nothing about, beyond the fact that Annie Leibovitz photographed him naked after he had painted himself and that he was responsible for those childlike drawings of figures without faces. The documentary revealed a complex and compassionate soul–somebody who followed his passion and his heart to the end. Haring had a great love for children and gave much of his art away. I think he would be pleased to know that his artwork enjoys just as much (if not more) attention today and can be seen on t-shirts, posters and greeting cards.
“I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.” – Keith Haring