Keith Haring / Grace House Mural
Keith Haring, Grace House Mural, Figure XII, 1983-1984. Keith Haring art work copyright ©Keith Haring Foundation.

Keith Haring / Grace House Mural

  • When From Mar 08, 2022 to Sep 26, 2022 (Europe/Amsterdam / UTC100)
  • Where SCHUNCK Glaspaleis
  • Price 12,50
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The exhibition Keith Haring: Grace House Mural presents the early work of the artist from the period 1980 – 1984. The focus is on the spontaneous and performative character of Haring’s oeuvre.
  • Where SCHUNCK Glaspaleis
  • Price 12,50

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  • Keith Haring / Grace House Mural
  • 2022-03-08T00:00:00+01:00
  • 2022-09-26T23:59:59+02:00
  • The exhibition Keith Haring: Grace House Mural presents the early work of the artist from the period 1980 – 1984. The focus is on the spontaneous and performative character of Haring’s oeuvre.

From his chalk drawings in the NY subway, his felt pen drawings of Epochal Songs (1982) for choreographer Muna Tseng, to an original, thirteen-part mural from Grace House, New York. Accompanied by photos by performative, conceptual photographer and close friend Tseng Kwong Chi we dig deeper into their vibrant scene.

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Keith Haring developed an iconic imagery of seemingly simple, but meaningful and energetic motifs. Haring’s work addresses questions which are forever relevant, such as racism, war and gender equality. Haring deliberately sought out his audience, in the subway, in clubs and on the street, and had himself photographed as he drew or painted. Haring’s characteristic fast, flowing and energetic lines also reveal his spontaneous and public way of working.

Keith Haring, Grace House Mural, Figure XI, 1983-84, Keith Haring art work copyright © Keith Haring Foundation.jpg

Keith Haring, Grace House Mural, Figure XI, 1983-1984. Keith Haring art work copyright ©Keith Haring Foundation.

The Grace House Mural

One of the exhibition’s showpieces is a mural by Haring in thirteen parts, being displayed for the first time in Europe: The Grace House Mural (1983-84). Grace House was a catholic youth centre in New York. The mural depicts figures dancing energetically, the paint drips revealing the speed at which he worked. Above all, the painting shows Keith Haring in all his glory: spontaneous and publicly engaged, involved in the youth scene and bursting with energy.

The presentation of the Grace House Mural is a collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, where the mural was on display in 2021.

Keith Haring, Grace House Mural, Figure I, 1983-84, Keith Haring art work copyright © Keith Haring Foundation.jpg

Keith Haring, Grace House Mural, Figure I, 1983-1984. Keith Haring art work copyright ©Keith Haring Foundation.

Keith Haring

Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on 4 May 1958 and he grew up in the nearby town of Kutztown. In 1978 he moved to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts. In New York, Haring discovered a swinging arts scene – not in the leading museums or established galleries – but on the street, in the subway, in night clubs and other alternative settings. He made friends with other up-and-coming artists, including Jean Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf. Haring also organised and actively participated in exhibitions and events in clubs such as The Mudd Club and Club 57, where visual art, performance, music and fashion mix in informal and dynamic fashion. 1982 was an important year in Haring’s career: the critics were full of praise for his first solo exhibition at the celebrated Tony Shafrazi Gallery in Soho and he also took part in Documenta 7 in Kassel. Until 1989, Haring continued to take part in numerous international solo and collective exhibitions. Keith Haring died on 16 February 1990 at the age of 31 years as a result of aids.

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