Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on May 4, 1958 and was surrounded by art from a young age as his father was an amateur cartoon artist. However, after dropping out of the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh due to realizing he didn’t want to become a commercial graphic artist he began to explore other artistic avenues.

 

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He moved to New York to attend The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 1978. Whilst in attendance at SVA he managed to see discover the hyper alternative art scene that was really an underground movement in both senses of the word. It was happening in the streets and also the subways being carried out by graffiti artists. Also at his time during SVA Haring made friends with two other influential artists in the form of Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat which once again helped him explore other paths of his creativity. He became most well-known for his wall murals and his interesting drawings of people, turning them into characters.

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Haring’s success and allowed street art to gain huge notoriety as well as respect in the art world. Due to his work being deemed worthy enough of exhibitions in fine art galleries and museums, it allowed this type of art to grow.

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Keith Haring's artwork could be found at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Bass Museum in Miami; the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. 

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