Keith Haring will bring together more than 85 works exploring a broad range of the American artist's practice including large-scale drawings and paintings. The exhibition will also shed light on the performative nature of Haring's work, from his live chalk drawings on the New York subway to working with artist and photographer Tseng Kwong Chi who documented his practice.
Keith Haring (1958–1990), and his immediately recognisable style, played a key role in his generation's counterculture. Best known for his iconic motifs (barking dogs, crawling babies, flying saucers), Haring's work was politically charged and motivated by activism related to gay and minorities rights, Aids, Anti-Apartheid. Expanded on wide-ranging legacies and influences (abstract expressionism, pop art, Chinese calligraphy, New York graffiti artists), his work expressed universal concepts of birth, death, love, sex, war and compassion.
The exhibition will later tour to BOZAR (5 December 2019 to 19 April 2020) and Museum Folkwang (22 May to 20 September 2020).
14 June – 10 November 2019
TATE Liverpool | Liverpool, UK