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Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation

BE THE FIRST TO EXPERIENCE THE UNCONVENTIONAL CANVASES OF KEITH HARING

NOW OPEN

A first-ever exhibit of Keith Haring originals, exclusively at the Petersen

Unconventional Canvases brings together five vehicles painted, or drawn on, by Pop Artist Keith Haring (1958-1990). Haring’s brief and prolific career from 1982-1990 documented the spirit of New York City’s underground art scene through icons and images that evoked the challenges of late Twentieth Century society. His trademark style was popularized in spontaneous chalk drawings throughout the New York City subway stations. The simple and assured lines were meant to translate art in a manner that all viewers could experience and consume.

Haring’s frenetic urge to paint and communicate to a broad audience led to the creation of unconventional fine art – works on a variety of surfaces and structures that thematically fit the time, place and audience he was painting for.

“I think you have to control the materials to an extent, but it’s important to let the materials have a kind of power for themselves; like the natural power of gravity, if you are painting on a wall, it makes the paint trickle and it drips; there is no reason to fight that.” 

– Keith Haring

Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation

FEATURED WORKS OF ART

Untitled (motorcycle), 1987
1987 Honda CBR1000F Hurricane
Paint on vehicle body

Untitled (automobile), 1990
1990 BMW Z1
Paint on vehicle body

Untitled (motorized child’s automobile), 1984
1962 SCAF/Mortarini Mini Ferrari 330 P2 Motorized Child’s Automobile
Marker on vehicle body

Untitled (automobile), 1983
1971 Land Rover Series III
Enamel on vehicle body

Untitled (automobile), 1986
1963 Buick Special
Enamel on vehicle body

His works on automobiles were created during Artist-in-residencies at the Montreux Jazz Fest and 24 Hours of Le Mans, and promotional events for the Fast Art Gallery in New Jersey and Galerie Hans Mayer in Düsseldorf. The imagery reflects the atmosphere, speed and life Haring witnessed at each of these locations. His familiar icons dress the surface in a visual language that can be read and experienced by viewers in their own time and in their own way.

The automobiles serve as an examples of the unconventional surfaces on which he painted and include meaningful icons that reflected specific people, sites, or Haring’s own philosophies about politics, society and art.

Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation

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