Keith Allen Haring was an American artist whose pop art emerged from the New York City graffiti subculture of the 1980s. His animated imagery has "become a widely recognized visual language
“I am intrigued with the shapes people choose as their symbols to create language.” Haring said. “There is within all forms a basic structure, an indication of the entire object with a minimum of lines, that becomes a symbol. This is common to all languages, all people, all times.” (By excerpt Interview)
His work is always public-friendly. It is a technique that can be easily understood even by those who do not know art, from familiar materials commonly seen around to simplified expressions. The work always has a message to the public. As a homosexual and AIDS patient, he treated the situation surrounding him as a social problem, launched a social movement, and reflected political issues to the front of his work.
To borrow Yoko Ono's words, Keith Haring is a writer who expresses a heavy and difficult subject in a bright and witty manner. Haring expresses the social issues of homosexuality and AIDS in a simple and pleasant way in his own art.
For students with visual problems, low vision students, or students with learning disabilities, Keith Haring's work is very effective. His work always has bold lines and is very simple, yet easy to understand what he means at a glance.
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