Keith Haring Artists, Gay and Aids Victim
Today on the 4th of March 2012 Google is celebrating the birthday of Keith Haring. He died of Aids related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. Keith Harding was born in the United States of America but his legacy extends worldwide. Keith Haring’s work is now synonymous with the New York City. His murals and characters can be seen everywhere from the FDR drive in New York to Sesame Street, and most can recognize his distinctive style, even if they don’t know his name.
He is also a renowned international artists as can be seen in Australia where will find some of his graffiti and murals in Melbourne which he painted in 1984.
Keith Haring always thought of himself as a funny-looking kid, which might be why kids all over the world responded to him. In April 1986, Keith Haring opened the Pop Shop, a retail store in Soho selling T-shirts, toys, posters, buttons and magnets bearing his images. Keith said, “I found out that I can make any kid smile. It’s probably from having a funny face to begin with – and looking and acting like a kid. And kids can relate to my drawings, because of the simple lines.”
Throughout his career, Keith Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. He produced more than 50 public artworks between 1982 and 1989, in dozens of cities around the world, many of which were created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers and orphanage.
Keith Haring Google Doodle 4 May 2012 Video
We have created this short video about Keith Haring. This will provide you with some insight about the artist. In the video you can see the Keith Haring Google Doodle and some of his designs and products. Keith Haring art were also selected by swatch the watch company to be used in their watch designs.
Keith Haring and Aids
Part of Keith’s journey toward independence involved coming to terms with the fact that he was gay. Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 he died of Aids related complications in February 1990. He established the Keith Haring Foundation, its mandate being to provide funding and imagery to AIDS. A memorial service was held on May 4, 1990 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, with over 1,000 people in attendance.
Since his death, Keith Haring has been the subject of several international retrospectives. The work of Keith Haring can be seen today in the exhibitions and collections of major museums around the world.
Keith Haring and World Aids Day 2009 Condoms
In honor of World AIDS Day and the tremendous legacy of the late Keith Haring, Proper Attire condoms is partnering with the Keith Haring Foundation for the third time to produce limited edition condoms. These condoms were made available worldwide. Making people aware of Keith Haring, Aids and Safe Sex Proceeds from the sales of Keith Haring Condoms were donated for the benefit of Planned Parenthood.
Today’s Google doodle although it is about the legacy of Keith Haring is bringing some very controversial issues to the table.