“Crack Is Wack”

Besides sculpture, murals are [by far] my favorite type of artwork, being unlike any other, created in front of the public’s naked eye and looked upon by the community it inhabits.

Crack Is Wack

(“Crack Is Wack” by Keith Haring)

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 ;)

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