Why Keith Haring Made Me Question My Job

You’ll come to learn that I write about art a lot –– it’s always been a big source of inspiration for my work. I even flirted with the idea of studying Art History in college, but ended up going into Political Science and Journalism.

On a rainy San Francisco afternoon, I stopped by the breathtaking De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to take a look at the Keith Haring exhibit, and wow it was incredible!

Prior to the exhibit, I was not well-versed in his body of work. Sure, I knew Andy Warhol was his mentor and that he was a revolutionary in the pop art world, but I didn’t know the intricacy of the underlying social messages that really defined who he was as an artist. His main topics honed in on consumerism, capitalism, sexuality, race, and war. The result? A visual feast for the eyes –– saturated neons that are so bright you almost have to look away, dots and lines that play tricks on your mind, tarp that spans so tall and wide you question how one person managed to paint the whole piece, tattooed statues, and more phallic illustrations than I ever needed to see. read more

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