Keith Haring (1958-90) was one of the most renowned of the young artists to come out of the vibrant 1980s East Village art scene. Haring was part of a group of artists that collaborated on exhibitions, performances, and other events. This DIY ethos is seen in Haring’s subway drawings, executed without permission, in white chalk on the black paper used to cover vacant advertising panels in the NYC subways. Through this work he reached a broad audience and gained wide-ranging attention. Haring began exhibiting professionally worldwide as early as 1980, but always maintained a commitment to public projects and activism.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Keith Haring Foundation