Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself:
Richard Milhous Nixon
I never quite understood Keith Haring's appeal. Oh the little figures are ok. As in a design on tourist kisch or such. But as art? I like the animated gif though.
This site es muy interesantePart 3, success in his own words. Except you must c/p into another document because the page is schizophrenic and jumps all over the place as you read and scroll. It cannot just sit still and be read.He goes to NY art school. Hates everything about the art world. Dealers come in, take up his time, sort through his pictures and then don't buy anything. Meanwhile his subway art backfires. He puts up things and they're stolen immediately. He tours world capitals and makes a big splash. His art apparently speaks to everyone, if not to you.Before he had exhibitions he had already spread across the world. And those people just, ferners, just flat don't care about intellectual property and copy rights. He saw his own work printed on t-shirts in Japan, sneakers in Brazil, and dresses in Australia. His art created an international vocabulary. His art is a language that speaks to people worldwide. This is the root of his success. It's stripped down, it's basic, it's amusing, it's self-depricating, it's sexual, it's childish, it's universal, it's honest, it's charming. Now pay me $10.00, oops, I meant to say just now, how did you like that? Haring: "You wouldn't speak about me with such disregard had I not died of AIDS."Mean person: "But'cha did, Keith, ya did die of AIDS."
Well at least he got his $10. RIP Keith.
Whether it's art or not I do not know. But Haring came up with an incredibly simply formula to make incredibly appealing visuals.
I just want to add that I've always gotten a happy vibe from Haring's stuff. I mean maybe he meant to be hip or cool or sexy or even transgressive (whatever that means) but the vibe that comes across, to me anyway, is happy.
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