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PRESS RELEASE

Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is the first large-scale exhibition to explore Haring’s early career. Tracing the development of the artist's extraordinary visual vocabulary, the exhibition includes works on paper, experimental videos, and archival objects such as rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs.

The exhibition chronicles the period in Haring’s career from his arrival in New York City through the years when he started his studio practice and began making public and political art on the city streets. Immersing himself in New York’s downtown culture, Haring quickly became a fixture on the artistic scene, befriending other artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf. The critical role that these relationships played in Haring’s development as a public artist and facilitator of group exhibitions and performances will also be explored.

Among the pieces on view will be a number of very early works never before seen in public; seven videos, including Tribute to Gloria Vanderbilt and Haring Paints Himself into a Corner (his first video); and collages created from cut-up fragments of history textbooks, newspapers, and Haring’s own writing.

Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is curated by Raphaela Platow. The exhibition is co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and the Kunsthalle Wien, Austria. The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Project Curator, and Patrick Amsellem, former Associate Curator of Photography, Brooklyn Museum.

This exhibition was supported in part by the Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia Contemporary Art Exhibition Fund.

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