A painting of a white man in red glasses and a white tshirt, Haring, with a bright geometric pattern behind, on a blue cover.

Keith Haring - Lives of Artists

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Keith Haring was a revolutionary artist, who transformed the art world during his short but impactful life. Brought to life by Simon Doonan, Creative Director for Barneys New York, this new pocket-sized biography tells his inspirational story.

Revolutionary and renegade, Keith Haring was an artist for the people, creating an instantly recognisable repertoire of symbols - barking dogs, space-ships, crawling babies, clambering faceless people - which became synonymous with the volatile culture of 1980s. Like a careening, preening pinball, Keith Haring playfully slammed into all aspects of this decade - hip-hop, new-wave, graffiti, funk, art, style, gay culture - and brought them together.

Haring's fanatical drive propelled him into the orbit of the most interesting people of his time: Jean Michel Basquiat envied him; Warhol, William Boroughs and Grace Jones collaborated with him. Madonna and he shared the same tastes in men. Famous at 25, dead from AIDS at 31, Keith Haring is remembered as a Pied Piper, an unpretentious communicator who appeared happiest when mentoring a gang of kids, arming them with brushes and attacking the nearest wall.


The Lives the Artists series from Laurence King is a highly readable series of short biographies of the most-popular artists. 


Author: Simon Doonan

Format: Hardback

Size: 18.1 x 12 cm, 128 pages, 21 illustrations

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781786277879

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