Last Saturday was the European Night of Museums and before having his favourite trench coat blown off not only by the torrential rain but also by the wondrously designed Monsieur Bleu restaurant at Le Palais de Tokyo, A-Gent of Style went next door to the Musée d’Art Moderne to see the Keith Haring retrospective ‘The Political Line’.

Now, I’d be lying if I said I were a fan of the prolific American Neo-Pop and graffiti artist Keith Haring partly owning to the fact that his work is now so ubiquitous, I have reached saturation point.

We’ve all seen the t-shirts, mugs, bags, trainers and the multifarious other mercantile products with Haring’s instantly recognised visual language and inimitable style of bold-lined, simplified but stylised, rhythmic lined, cartoon-like characters or the colourful and powerful political, societal and cultural messages (capitalism, religion, death, racism, homophobia, nuclear war, the environment, AIDS etc) in his graffiti, paintings and other pictographs. Sadly, their impact has somehow, I think, been ‘devalued’ and consequently weakened eventhough his work and his narratives are still modern, current and compelling now thirty-odd years later.

A-Gent of Style
was pleasantly surprised to be acquainted for the first time with some of his perhaps less-famous pieces – a sarcophagus, a tent, a Subway iron beam, totems, collages, neon installations, big vases, monumental canvases and paintings etc – and of course some of his iconic pieces.

      Here are some photographs of Keith Haring at work in NYC, Paris and Japan

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  • Nancy Sykes

    Not all of us have reached saturation point! Great review – I am going today. Did you ever recover your trench coat?

    May 22, 2013

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