If you haven’t had a chance to go to the Brooklyn Museum to see the “Keith Haring: 1978–1982” exhibit I strongly suggest that you drop all your plans this weekend and go!
This exhibit is the first large-scale exhibit that explore Haring’s early career. Starting from his arrival in NYC, his experimentation with videos as a student at SVA, his notebooks and journals that show his fascination with Semiotics, the opening of his studio and the life altering relationships he made with other iconic artists, to his work as a Street Artist wheat pasting his photocopied collages and famous subway chalk drawings. The exhibition includes a number of very early works never before seen in public: seven video pieces including Painting Myself into a Corner (his first video piece) and Tribute to Gloria Vanderbilt; collages created from cut-up fragments of his own writing, sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings and documentary photographs. A total of 155 works on paper and over150 archival objects.
I have to say, despite seeing Haring’s works first-hand in the streets of NYC as a kid in the late 80’s, this exhibit was really eye opening. What I found particularly fascinating were Haring’s journals. Seeing a glimpse of his creative process, word play and his deep understanding of Positive/Negative Space was a real treat. His word puzzles are nothing short of fascinating. You can literally spend hours trying to decipher and analyze them.
However, a word of caution to parents. The exhibit does have some drawings that some adults may not find suitable for children. If you’re not too familiar with Keith Haring’s work and plan on going to the exhibit with children in tow, my suggestion is that you first look at some of Haring’s work online before making that decision. I wouldn’t want you to run into the same issue we had with my friends little dimpled monkey who asked, “Um, Why is that guys thingy on that dogs butt?! That’s gross!” So…Yeah!
The “Keith Haring:1978–1982” exhibit will be at the Brooklyn Museum through July 8, 2012
This fantastic metal bust was created by Bellino Alain of Nice, France, using ornaments and cutlery made of bronze and brass. The pieces were soldered together and then chemical dipped to apply a dull, black patina perfectly bringing out the full dark side of Darth’s character. The result looks half futuristic, half renaissance and fully perfect. See pictures of the busts piece by piece creation below, then head toBehance/sculpteur or bellino.fr for more of Alain’s sculpture and metal restoration work.
Via Behance.net Bellino Alain’s Portfolio