I’d like to pretend that I’ve never seen anything, never read anything, ever heard anything… and then make something.”
At the height of 80s graffiti culture, Haring used the empty black advertising panels of the subway as his public forum. With chalk he drew his instantly recognizable figures, all across the New York underground.
Throughout the decade, Haring’s work was shown internationally, often befriending other NY artists in the process. Some notable creators included: Grace Jones, Basquiat and Warhol.
Haring sold his art in Soho in 1986 in the form of shirts, posters, etc. In an effort to connect his work with the public, at a prices the public could afford.
Themes in his work commented on human nature, behavior and the everlasting fight for equality, safe sex and peace with an emphasis on the LGBT+ community. Haring met his demise after a battle with AIDS. Though his work was simple visually, the context surrounding them dealt with many complex social issues. His legacy will continue indefinitely.