It was quite a pleasure to attend the opening reception of the "Keith Haring: Narrated" exhibit at the Gregg Sheinbaum Fine Art Gallery in Wynwood this past Thursday 12 November.
The show curates nearly thirty pieces dating from 1982-1990.
While the works are inarguably quintessential "Street Art", the messages expand deeply beyond the aesthetic. Haring uses art as a medium to express himself as a social activist as he addresses issues ranging from apartheid to homophobia to "Crack is Wack" and beyond.
Of particular interest is Haring's chalk-based piece entitled "Subway Drawing" that is a snippet from an actual NYC subway ad. With a "doodle" on the Edison Theatre advert that reads "Jerry Fisher 4 Mayor" in ballpoint pen and the advert itself lends to a "time capsule-esque" nostalgia of NYC "back in the day."
Haring's work is tremendous in that it transcends time. It feels just as fresh as it does iconic; as much as you're seeing it for the first time as it does in seeing something that you've always known. (Or at least to me, passing by the "Crack is Wack" mural on the FDR countless times from childhood to date.) It beckons the question about (despite tremendous advances in technology, medicine and the like) how far we have really come as a society.
Do yourself a favor and check out the show running through 14 December and while you're at it, read more about the exhibit here.