Keith Haring remains one of the most important and celebrated artists of his generation and beyond. Through his signature bold graphic line drawings of figures and forms dancing and grooving, Haring's paintings, large-scale public murals, chalk drawings, and singular graffiti style defined an era and brought awareness to social issues ranging from gay rights and AIDS to drug abuse prevention and a woman's right to choose. Haring-isms is a collection of essential quotations from this creative thinker and legendary artist.

Gathered from Haring's journals and interviews, these lively quotes reveal his influences and thoughts on a variety of topics, including birth and death, possibility and uncertainty, and difference and conformity. They demonstrate Haring's deep engagement with subjects outside of the art world and his outspoken commitment to activism. Taken together, this selection reflects Haring's distinctive voice and reminds us why his work continues to resonate with fans around the globe.

Art lives through the imaginations of the people who are seeing it. Without that contact, there is no art.
It's a huge world. There are lots and lots and lots of people that I haven't reached yet that I'd like to reach.
Art is one of the last areas that is totally within the realm of the human individual and can't be copied or done better by a machine.
The artist, if he is a vessel, is also a performer.
No matter how long you work, it's always going to end sometime. And there's always going to be things left undone.



ISBN: 9780691209852
Series: ISMs
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 168
Publication Date: 29 Sep 2020
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication City, Country: New Jersey, United States
Dimensions (cm): 13.3(H) x 10.8(L)



"Alongside the legacy of his work, Haring is remembered as a man of great bravery and compassion. . . . [Haring-isms] collects together the artist's most illuminating quotes and observations."---Emily Dinsdale, Dazed
"Haring-isms, part diary, part chronology, is only 4x5 in. but packs an amazing punch about the life of [Keith] Haring."---Jean Bundy, Anchorage Press
"Haring-isms provides a blend of cultural context, artistic opinions, and autobiographical snippets that allows the reader to become instantly acquainted with the world of Keith Haring. His most famous works are explained in detail with words right from the artist's mouth. At times, reading the book is like walking in a teeny-tiny museum and reading the captions of the artwork...You too may find the small yellow hard-cover packaging delightful. You can treat it almost like a pocket bible of art advice. It is portable, yet durable, and adorable...Those in the market for artistic wisdom will not be disappointed!"---Margaret Rose Smith, Picture this Post


Author Biography

Keith Haring (1958-1990) was an American artist. He has been the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, among other venues, and his work is in the permanent collections of major museums around the world. Larry Warsh is the editor of Basquiat-isms, Jean-Michel Basquiat's The Notebooks, and two books by Ai Weiwei, Humanity and Weiwei-isms (all Princeton). Active in the art world for more than thirty years, Warsh has served on the board of the Getty Museum Photographs Council and was a founding member of the Basquiat Authentication Committee until its dissolution in 2012.


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