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Keith Haring: The Political Line

by Dieter Buchhart

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I saw the exhibit at the museum and I’ve been working my way through the book since then, first a friend’s copy and then a copy from the library.

My favorite piece, early in the exhibit and in the book, is an abstract painting, in black and white and red (blood?) with the caption: “Everybody knows where meat comes from It comes from the store.”

That’s the brilliance of this art, the social commentary. A lot of it was done during the AIDS crisis in NYC, so a lot of the art is about that.

As far as the art: too many penis depictions for my taste, but otherwise great fun. It has a lot of whimsy and themes of social justice. The art shines in the context of what the artist was trying to communicate, particularly his street art. Lots also re religion, war, racism, technology, capitalism, and modern times.

True political art. I admire it.

For me? Art as beauty? Some of it, yes, some of it fun, some of it likeable in context. Important work? Yes!

The art exhibit also has a biographical film which was excellent.

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