For the first time in Chile and second time ever in Latin America, the iconic work of American artist Keith Haring is on display.
The exhibition, titled “Keith Haring 1983-1990”, is currently being showcased at the Centro de Extensión de la Universidad Católica, and features 50 lithographs, serigraphs and woodcuts from the Keith Haring Foundation.
While Haring’s style may be very recognizable, the exhibition offers a fresh look at the artist’s work, according Jorge Padilla, professor at the School of Art at Universidad Católica School of Art, Jorge Padilla, in an interview with BiobioChile.
The exhibit, he says, “is very direct, but does not cease to be a little mysterious, and is a very good opportunity to approach the art of Keith Haring.”
Haring (1958-1990) was a renowned young artist whose work is known for reflecting the urban culture of the 1980’s in the United States.
He first developed his signature block-line style 1980 when he started producing white chalk drawings on the paper panels of New York City’s subway system. The subway became, as Haring put it, a “laboratory” for working out his ideas and experimenting with line styles, and the images became familiar to New York commuters.
Haring subsequently began exhibiting in galleries and museums around the world, and also devoted his time to public artwork projects, producing more than 50 public works between 1982 and 1989 in dozens of cities around the world.
In 1988, Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. He established the Keith Haring Foundation in 1989 with a mandate to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for his work. Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 in 1990.
“Keith Haring 1983-1990” is now on display in the Galería de Arte at the Centro de Extensión de la Universidad Católica, located at Alameda 390, Santiago (Universidad Católica Metro).
The event, which runs until September 27, is free. Opening hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.