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A compendium of queer people in the 19th and 20th centuries // Drawn and researched by Michele Rosenthal

Keith  Haring

Keith Haring 1958to –1990

Street artist and pop artist, who created a large body of beloved and instantly recognizable work before his untimely death. Haring moved to New York City in 1980, and his bold, colorful drawings immediately began appearing all over the subway system. His art gained quick popularity throughout the decade; by 1986, he was being invited to paint murals around the world, and opening his own store in SoHo. His subjects ranged from love and sex to more political anti-drug and anti-Apartheid messages. After he was diagnosed with AIDS, he focused more and more on creating art about homosexuality, the importance of safe sex, and the disease itself. He continued to work up until his death.

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