Keith Haring’s first museum survey in L.A. will arrive May 2023

Keith Haring’s colourful, animated imagery may be commercially ubiquitous – found on T-shirts, mugs, rugs and even a signature Barbie doll getting dressed a Haring imprint pink pants — but the late pop artist has never had a survey exhibition at a Los Angeles museum. Until now.

The Broad Museum presents Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody in May. The exhibition, Organized by the museum’s curator and exhibition director, Sarah Loyer, more than 120 works of art will be on display including Paintings, drawings, videos, sculptures and graphic works, as well as images of Haring’s more short-lived public artworks such as his subway drawings and murals. The exhibition also includes personal ephemera and documentation, such as buttons, children’s toys and posters made by the artist to support activist causes and organizations, Most of these come from the New York-based Keith Haring Foundation. The works on display in the exhibition range from Late 1970s when Haring was a student until 1988, just before he died of complications from AIDS in 1990 at the age of 31.

“Keith Haring is an artist who was important to the founding of the Broad collection – the ’80s was such an important time for the collection – so in a way it feels part of our DNA as an institution to put on a show like this organize it,” says Loyer. “Even the title fits perfectly with our approach to the public in the museum – which focuses on accessibility and creating a welcoming environment.”

Eli and Edythe Broad began collecting Haring’s work in 1982 along with other artists who were an integral part of the New York pop art scene at the time, such as Andy Warhol, Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat. They were drawn to Haring’s work, says Loyer, for its lively, whimsical energy, but also for its social and political relevance in relation to the Nuclear disarmament and anti-apartheid movements, as well as the HIV/AIDS crisis – Haring’s work gave these movements a voice.

Haring’s work has already been shown in Los Angeles. There is a mural by Keith Haring at the ArtCenter College of Design and the artist had an exhibition at the Kohn Gallery in 1988. His sculptures have been exhibited at the Pacific Design Center in 1999. But the Broad exhibition is his first major survey in LA

Loyer couldn’t say why it took so long to realize that here. “This question is definitely on our minds too,” she says. “He’s an artist that we’ve wanted to follow since we opened – but we’re only about seven years old.”

“Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody,” she adds, will likely resonate with LA’s creative communities both in the art world and beyond.

“It’s the story of a young artist who finds his voice and makes really powerful, really graphic work that explores the themes that are central to that moment in the 1980s – many of which are still crucial today, like capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, etc., as well as his commitment to AIDS activism and the LGBTQ community.”

The special exhibition will fill up 10 galleries on the ground floor at the width. The Broad is simultaneously showing work by haring contemporaries, including Scharf, Warhol and Basquiat, as well as George Condo and Jenny Holzer, in its free galleries on the third floor.

A blue, orange and black abstract work of art.

Keith Haring’s Untitled (1984).

(From the Broad Art Foundation. © Keith Haring Foundation)

Haring’s work lends itself to immersive presentations, which are all the rage in art exhibitions these days. A gallery in the Haring exhibition is completely bathed in black light, mimicking a show Haring is putting on in the basement of New York’s Tony Shafrazi Gallery in 1982. It will feature a grouping of Day-Glo paintings and sculptures. Always painting to music, Haring was known for making mixtapes, featuring everything from classical, jazz and soul to house music and hip-hop; Music from his tapes and tapes made for him by others is played in the black-lit Broad gallery.

The museum’s gift shop will, unsurprisingly, get in on the action. It pays homage to Haring’s Soho retail space, the pop shop the artist founded in 1986 and where he was featured Prints and merchandise like wearable streetwear, hats and buttons, not to mention an inflatable baby.

Broad director Joanne Heyler said in the announcement that Haring’s global influence has been “profound.”

“It is our particular pleasure to share a deep and diverse display of his emblematic imagery,” she said, “and to highlight the prolific way in which he spoke about social issues through his art and activism, while bringing joy, solidarity.” , community and hope celebrated. ”

Exhibition tickets—prices to be announced—will be available on the museum’s website this spring. Keith Haring’s first museum survey in L.A. will arrive May 2023

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