The Brooklyn Museum, which (in)famously canceled its plans to bring the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art's graffiti and street art retrospective Art in the Streets to Brooklyn earlier this year, announced this morning that it's planning a major retrospective of one of that exhibition's best-known artists, Keith Haring. The show, Keith Haring: 1978-1982, will run from April 13 to August 5, 2012, and focus on the late artist's early output.
Though it's the first museum exhibition to focus on Haring's earliest work in New York—he moved here at age 19, in 1978, to attend the School of Visual Arts—there's no shortage of material to present. The incredibly prolific artist produced innumerable drawings, posters and street and subway drawings, and then later memorabilia, murals and sculptures. The exhibition will feature 155 works on paper, 150 archival objects, including experimental videos, journals and sketchbooks, subway drawings and documentary photos thereof.
The exhibition was curated by Raphaela Platow of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, and the Kunsthalle Wien, Austria. The Brooklyn presentation will be curated by Patrick Amsellem, the associate curator of photography. The exhibition will examine not only the important influences on Haring's early practice—like other cross-over street artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf—but also his influence on the Downtown scene of the time, as a curator of events and exhibitions. It also covers the period during which he began to explore the figurative iconography—outlines of human figures and animals—for which he became best known and which he continued to produce in prodigious numbers up to his death from AIDS in 1990.
(Image: The Keith Haring Foundation)