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Andy Mouse 3 by Keith Haring
Keith Haring met Andy Warhol in 1984 following his second exhibition in New York at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery. Keith Haring and Andy Warhol quickly discovered a mutual admiration for Walt Disney. For his exuberant character Andy Mouse, Keith Haring combined two of his heroes, Andy Warhol and Walt Disney.
Keith Haring was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists and social activists whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s – Keith Haring’s drawings have become a universally recognized image. Keith Haring is recognized for his exclusive use of black and white, and typical use of primary colors, the figures were simplified, and easily recognizable as his. They formed glyphs that could be read, like an urban, tribal language. The Keith Haring Foundation, established in 1989, continues Haring’s legacy of giving to organizations for underprivileged children.
The artist’s first work that garnered attention was his public art painted in the New York City subways. These renderings were more akin to Pop art than Street Art. Perhaps they could best be described as Pop Art on the street.It was at this time that his work “The Radiant Baby” became symbolic of the artist. This image, with its bold lines, vivid colors, and dynamic pose, expresses profound messages of life and unity.n 1980, Haring organized shows in New York City’s Club 57 and for the first time started drawing animals and human faces. He also pasted provocative collages around the city made from cut up and reassembled headlines from the New York Post.