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There are many contemporary artists in the world that provoke conversation on controversial topics Keith Haring Francis Bacon and Barbara Kruger are a few examples of artists with a message These artists have all created works that evoke a sense of struggle against the system Not all of these outspoken artists share the same vision but they have fought their own personal battles to get their message out to the public If Postmodernism raises low art to the level of high art it also allows folks who control the media to cash in on subculture Andy Warhol made a joke of it but Keith Haring turned the tables When this Graffiti artist lifted his brush to the walls of subways and plastered canvases with cartoon figures he made a point art is for everyone You can pay big bucks if it makes you feel hip but at its greatest art is both social and accessible To Haring there was no difference between the drawings he did for free and the art he sold for thousands of dollars Harings work put social issues at the forefront while celebrating love and life In 1979 he designed printed and distributed posters for an antinuclear demonstration in Central Park His vibrant compositions feature heavily outlined figures with no race or gender His figures danced despite the downfall of civilization and Reagan-era politics Celebration for celebrations sake became a very political message Haring was committed to making his art available to everyone He painted anti-drug messages on buildings and subways and mass produced novelties that featured his ecstatic figures Shortly before he died of AIDS he used his funds and notoriety to create the Keith Haring Foundation a nonprofit organization designed to provide assistance to other nonprofits through the sale of his work Francis Bacon is an artist that has been misunderstood by the public When I first viewed his work in a museum in La Jolla I too
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