Today, Keith Haring is a household name, some 23 years after his untimely death from AIDS at the age of 31. Haring played an integral part in redefining what "art" was for his generation (including the generation that followed), blurring the lines between traditional fine art and what was considered vandalism at the time. From chalk drawings on New York City subway platforms to galleries and public spaces around the world, Haring took the art world by storm in the mid 1980s. But like most great artists, he was too far ahead of his time.
His vision and talents as an artist, combined with his attitudes toward sexuality and social activism, gave him a platform to speak to and affect the lives of many—but few knew the man behind the semiotics, sneakers, and round glasses. In honor of the expansive retrospective of his work currently on view at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris through August 18, here is your chance to get to know him better with 20 Things You Didn't Know About Keith Haring.
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