Selected Writing

Radiant Eros: Keith Haring and Sexuality

“Haring’s innovative, and also politically progressive, strength will only be obvious to his age if the role which sexuality played in his work and in his imagination is taken into consideration…”
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Requiem for the Degas of the B-boys.

Artforum title page, May, 1990

The weird boxed and numbered [New York] space we live in is already fantasy. Artists have only to start with what’s there and give it a few fillips fo the truly fantastic to emerge. – John Ashberry, Reported Sightings Keith’s …
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Sex is Life is Sex

Jerome de Noirmont Gallery discusses the “crucial importance of sex and sexuality in the artist’s life and work”.


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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

“…Keith Haring, too, had explored a darker side of experience long before the dread diagnosis. The earliest works produced in his characteristic graphic style include serpents and monsters, nuclear radiation and falling angels, cannibals, omnivorous worms, bloody daggers and skeletons…”
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The Radiant (Christ) Child

Keith Haring and the Jesus Movement While Keith Haring’s art is not often associated with traditional religious imagery, much of his pictorial vocabulary was in fact influenced by the Jesus Movement of the 1970s. Haring retooled the Jesus Movement’s redemptive imagery into more pessimistic and ambiguous statements, creating an expression of apocalyptic belief suited to his time.
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The Ten Commandments, An Interview

The Ten Commandments 1, 1985

Keith Haring is interviewed about the Ten Commandmentsin Bordeaux on December 16, 1985. This interview was made by Sylvie Couderc, with the collaboration of Syivie Marchand.
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Thou Shalt Be a Bit Rude

For a generation of 80s art lovers, Keith Haring’s work summed up New York cool. Andy Warhol, Elton John and David Bowie were collectors of his paintings; Madonna, Grace Jones, Dennis Hopper and William Burroughs were among his many friends. …
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“We met through the divine intervention of the New York Times classified section. That such a prosaic beginning should lead to the excitement of a new career and a new outlook on life still amazes me.”
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