Since I can’t really have a mural constructed in our home [well, at least, not one we’re renting anyway] I had this giclée of the late/great Keith Haring’s mural, “Crack Is Wack,” framed for one of our walls. For those [few] of you who are not familiar with his work, Mr. Haring (1958-1990) is an internationally acclaimed artist that was catapulted to fame during the 80’s art boom with his graffiti-inspired chalk drawings. His work pulsated the energy of New York’s street culture and was a central component of social activism, highlighting such topics as nuclear weapons, drugs, and even AIDS. This particular mural of his was actually painted in 1986 without the city’s permission . . . but still remains there today.
“I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.” – Keith Haring
So, what do you think of Keith Haring’s artwork? How does it make you feel? I’m always intrigued by opinions of others ;)