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Keith Haring was an American painter whose simple symbol-like drawings of dogs babies and dancing figures brought him to international acclaim during the 1980s While making art that spoke directly of love he raged against intolerance and shared the distress about the world around him He believed art was a tool of communication and that art has the power to transform lives and enrich the spirit In a time when pessimism was prominent Keith Haring played the role of the magical child whose joy seemed to contradict the definite materialism that consumed the art world Like many young artists Haring was not at first well understood although many appreciated him Now his iconic style relaxed nature and sense of fun made him one of the most beloved artists of his time Keith Haring was intensely aware of being a part of a new generation of Americans Haring wrote I consider myself a perfect product of the space age not only because I was born in the year that the first man was launched to space but also because I grew up with Walt Disney cartoonsSussman 10 His goal was to speak of and for his generation to create symbols for it and to display those symbols in places where people could see them and react He did this by uniting street culture and high art and expanding the legacy of Pop Art The cartoon style that haring first used as a child and from there built an enterprise of pieces was animated by the energies of his culture space travel nuclear accidents video games and robotics disco and rap sex and drugs There are essentially three phases in Keith Harings short career Fist Haring synthesized a street and club art and transformed a unique style of drawing into bold public large-scale painting and decoration Second in his middle phase he produced paintings that were Pop versions of Neo-Expressionism and also using publicly
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