A retrospective exhibit featuring more than 200 works of Keith Haring, which will be in Miami for just a brief five days, is expected to draw legions of fans of the colorful underground artist.
The exhibit, which runs March 6-10 in the Design District's Moore Building which feature original works drawn from collections and never before seen in public.
Haring, who was considered one of the most exciting artists of his day, was the son of a cartoonist who left his birthplace in Pennsylvania to take up residence in New York City at the height of the pop art scene. Inspired by graffiti art, he used bold lines, vivid colors and rounded, active figures to convey strong messages of life and unity.
Although he died of AIDS at the age of only 31, he was very prolific, as is evidence by the more than 50 public works in dozens of cities around the world. His famous "Crack is Wack" mural, created in 1986 along New York's FDR Drive, was restored in 2007 as a lasting homage to the artist.
"Haring Miami," is being co-produced by Michael Rosen, president and CEO of Colored thumb, a driving force behind many of the area's top exhibits including Art Basel, Art Expo and Red Dot Fair, and prominent local celebrity photographer Manny Hernandez. They teamed up last year to bring the successful "Dali Miami," exhibit here.
"Haring Miami" runs Wednesday March 7 through Sunday, March 10. There is an opening VIP reception on March 6. The cost of exhibit admission is $25 online; $30 at the door. The VIP tickets are $225 online, $275 at the door, and a portion of the proceeds will be directed to the non-profit "Best Buddies" and "Care Resource" organizations.
"Best Buddies," which bears a Keith Haring designed logo, provides opportunities for the developmentally disabled. Care Resource" was the first organization in South Florida to provide services to people with AIDS and HIV.
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