Keith Haring at MaM

haring-pano-earlyThe exhibition of Keith Haring’s work in Paris is quite remarkable. Nearly 300 pieces are on display at Le CENTQUATRE, in association with The Musée d’Art Moderne, making it one of the largest presentations of the artist’s works ever. The retrospective bears witness to the importance of Haring’s work, in particular its profoundly “political” content, apparent in his work throughout his career.

haring-nice-panoAlmost 250 works on canvas and tarpaulins and from subway walls, as well as twenty “monumental works,” including one of his most important series: The Ten Commandments. Massive in scale – ten panels, each seven meters high – the works reveal the artist’s radical interpretation of the ten commandments. Astounding, and not to be missed.

haringfullThe political messages and ideas he communicated were not only a part of his legacy; they have had a very real influence on other artists and on society. His “subway drawings” paintings, his works on paper and sculptures speak of social justice, individual freedom and change. A subversive, militant Pop icon, Haring was committed to social causes throughout his life.

haring-free-south-africaParis was unquestionably the place for this major exhibition. After taking part in the Figuration Libre France/USA show presented in 1984 at the Musée d’Art Moderne, together with Robert Combas, Hervé Di Rosa, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others, Haring became attached to the city and often stayed, worked and exhibited there. If you happen to be in Paris this summer by all means go to see this amazing retrospective. On now until August 18th.

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Photos by John Aravosis