Keith Haring- Paris 2013

The Keith Haring retrospective – The Political Line – on now in Paris at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Le CENTQUATRE is one of the big contemporary art events for 2013. sydneycool, in Europe for la Biennale de Venezia, checked out this extensive retrospective at both venues.

 

Keith Haring - global contemporary art -Musee d'art moderne - Paris

Keith Haring at Musee d'art moderne – Paris

 

Keith Haring - Musee d'art moderne Paris -global contemporary art

Keith Haring – Untitled – 21 Sept 1982

 

Keith Haring - Andy Mouse- Musee d'art moderne Paris - global contemporary art

Keith Haring – Andy Mouse

 

Keith Haring - Musee d'art moderne - global contemporary art

Keith Haring – Musee d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris

 

The smaller works (but by no means small) are at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in the 16th arrondisement. In total, this retrospective has over 250 works including some painted by Keith Haring when he was at the Musée d’Art Moderne in 1984.

 

keith haring - global contemporary art at musee d'art moderne paris

Keith Haring at Musee d'Art Moderne Paris

 

Keith Haring - Mickey Mouse - global contemporary art - Musee d'Art Moderne Paris

Keith Haring – Mickey Mouse

 

Keith Haring - Portrait- Musee d'art moderne Paris -global contemporary art

Keith Haring – Self Portrait

 

American artist Keith Haring who died at only 32 had a significant impact on the development of global street art and this exhbition gives an incredible insight into the development of his practice and his role in society in the 1980’s when he did most of his work. Keith Haring painted his distinctive images on all types of surfaces and places – canvas, tarpaulin, metal beams, vases, paper, in the NY subways.

 

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Keith Haring and the Free South Africa campaign

 

Keith Haring - global contemporary art -Musee d'art moderne Paris

Keith Haring – The Political Line

 

 

Keith Haring was one of the first contemporary artists to choose the street and public spaces to make contact with the widest possible audience – there’s some of his original subway works in this exhibition.  The layout of the exhibition provides a narrative of  the social issues that Haring campaigned against - racism, capitalism, violence, injustice, apartheid in South Africa, the threat of nuclear war, destruction of the environment, homophobia and the AIDS epidemic.

 

Keith Haring - Beam- Musee d'art moderne Paris -global contemporary art

Keith Haring – Beam

 

Keith Haring - Bust of David- Musee d'art moderne Paris -global contemporary art

Keith Haring – Bust of David

 

Keith Haring - Untitled 1982- Musee d'art moderne Paris -global contemporary art

Keith Haring – Untitled 11 March 1982

 

Keith Haring - Triangle- Musee d'art moderne Paris -global contemporary art

Keith Haring – Triangle

 

The large works including the sculptures are showing at le Centquartre, a large scale arts venue in a 19th century building that originally housed Paris’ municipal undertakers. When you see the scale of these works including the Ten Commandments, you understand the extent of Haring’s work and his total commitment to pop culture and street art and reaching as many people as possible with his political message through art.

 

keith haring - global contemporary art at le Centquartre paris

Keith Haring large works at Le Centquatre

 

 

This is a huge exhibition that impresses not only because of the scale but also the absolute clarity about Keith Haring’s role in contemporary art and how his influence continues today in how the crossover between art and popular culture.  It’s on in Paris at Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville De Paris and le Centrequartre in 19th arrondissement until 18 August 2013.

 

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