THE ARMAND HAMMER FOUNDATION GALLERY: THE UNCONVENTIONAL CANVASES OF KEITH HARING
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.
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.