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Keith Haring’s ‘Crack is Wack': NYC’s Most Famous Mural? by Matthew Israel, Director of The Art Genome Project, Artsy

In KHF archives, Pop Culture, Press, Uncategorized on August 21, 2014 at 10:59 am

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Crack is Wack is arguably Keith Haring‘s best-known work. It might also be the most famous mural in New York City. For one, it probably has more daily views than any other mural in NYC, due to its location next to passing cars on the Harlem River Drive (in Manhattan at 128th Street).

How Crack is Wack came to be is not well-known. Nor is the fact that the mural is not the original version.

Benny was one of the major catalysts for Crack is Wack. Benny was Haring’s young, gifted studio assistant in the mid-1980s who became addicted to crack. Haring and the rest of his studio were close with him and they tried everything to help him kick his addiction. This was, according to Haring, an incredibly distressing experience for everyone involved. Benny had no health insurance, so they initially called cocaine hotlines and Benny started to see a counselor, but that didn’t work. Haring’s studio also went to emergency rooms to try to get him into a guided program, but no hospital would take him.

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Keith Haring Mural Under Wraps

In Current Event, KHF archives, Press, Public Events on January 28, 2014 at 12:52 pm


By Connor Durkin

OUT Magazine

As the Center begins new construction, the priceless Keith Haring mural must be protected

Rendering of lobby courtesy of RSVP Architecture Studio/N+ Architecture and Design

Across the white walls of the second-floor meeting room, black lines run into each other to create an abstract gay orgy. Men jerk each other, cartoonish sperm swim, and men climb up a penis-dinosaur. The mural, “Once Upon A Time,” is one of Keith Haring’s last, but these cocks are getting covered for their own well-being.

Located in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, commonly known as The Center, is continuing its $9.1 million renovation. Construction includes building a new cafe, updating acoustics and lighting, and giving the building an updated, more comfortable atmosphere for its growing number of patrons from the region and worldwide.

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Photography Book Celebrates Iconic Keith Haring Mural

In Anniversary, KHF archives, Press on December 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm
LGBT Community Center Releases Book of Photography Featuring Keith Haring’s  “Once Upon a Time” Mural.

LGBT Community Center Releases Book of Photography Featuring Keith Haring’s
“Once Upon a Time” Mural.

New York, New York – The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) has released a hardcover book of photographs of its Keith Haring Bathroom featuring the artist’s “Once Upon a Time” mural. The project, conceptualized by commercial photographer Travis Dubreuil, is in response to the room’s temporary closure for protection during The Center’s on-going renovation.

“This mural is one of my favorites of Keith Haring’s, and when I found out that it was going to be off display I wanted to document it so others could enjoy it,” said Dubreuil, a New York-based photographer who volunteered for the project. “I was a gay kid who grew up in the 1980s in a small town. This mural serves as a reminder of a much different time for the LGBT community, and yet it is also empowering today in its hyper-sexual and free spirited nature.”
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“Keith Haring: Languages,” a Symposium and Exhibition at NYU’s Fales Library, December 12, 2013

In Current Event, Exhibition, Gifts/Grants, KHF archives, Press, Public Events on November 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Curated by Andrew Blackley, the exhibition focuses on early texts and rarely-screened video artworks made by Keith Haring and runs through February 28, 2014

New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections presents an afternoon symposium, “Keith Haring: Languages” on December 12, 2013 from 3:00pm to 6:30pm, Fales Library, third floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, (at LaGuardia Place). [Subways A, C, E, B, D, F, M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street]. At the conclusion of the symposium, the exhibition, “Keith Haring: Languages,” curated by Andrew Blackley, which focuses on archival objects and rarely-screened video artworks made by Keith Haring (1979-81) will open to the public. Please refer to the Fales website for a more detailed schedule of events.

Beginning at 3pm, the symposium, introduced by Fales Director Marvin J. Taylor and curator Andrew Blackley, will be composed of two panels of participants presenting papers which offer new approaches to Haring’s work from variety of academic and professional disciplines.

Drawn from the materials maintained by the Keith Haring Foundation Archive, the participants — curators, art historians, filmmakers, critics and scholars — were asked to look at Haring not simply as a visual artist, but as a figure engaged with, among other things, semiotics, mathematics, and language—both verbal and visual.

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Follow us on SPOTIFY!

In Audio Clip, KHF archives on August 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

We are often asked about the music that plays in the galleries during Keith Haring exhibitions, so we have compiled a few playlists from the recent shows, Pop Life and Keith Haring 1978-82.

We will create more playlists from Keith’s personal cassette collection so stay tuned!

Spotify playlists

Keith and Technology

In KHF archives on March 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Our most recent upload to Tumblr provides insight into Keith’s feelings about computers and technology. Haring writes,

“I was very interested in the tactile experience of drawing that is very different than drawing with a computer…This displacement of image and action [on the computer] creates a new problem to be solved by the “drawer”.

Keith Haring Journal (11b)  © Keith Haring Foundation

Keith Haring Journal (11b) © Keith Haring Foundation

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Keith Haring Journals on Tumblr

In Journals, KHF archives, The Register on August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm

The Keith Haring Foundation has scanned Keith’s journals from 1971 to 1989, some of which were featured in the Brooklyn Museum’s recent exhibition, Keith Haring: 1978–1982. It is the foundation’s intention to make all of Keith’s journals available online via our Tumblr account.

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Keith Haring X OBEY preview

In KHF archives, Pop Culture, Video on June 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

Keith Haring x OBEY Preview from OBEY CLOTHING on Vimeo.

Introducing for Fall 2012, OBEY Clothing Teamed up with the Keith Haring Foundation on a clothing collaboration. This is short look at the project and concept behind it. Stay tuned for the full length version, coming soon.

Happy Halloween!!!

In KHF archives on October 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Keith, 1986

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Club 57

In KHF archives, Press on July 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

Treasures from the ISYS archive!

"I lived in New York during the early ’80s, a very special unique time of creativity in New York. I was a regular at a place called Club 57 in the basement of a Polish church on St. Marks in the East Village. It was a creative laboratory that would change night after night with themes and happenings. One night there would be an art opening and then another night there would be bands, films or a crazed theme party. Many talented and fun people developed their art at Club 57 throughout this time. The following photographs capture some of these memorable people through portraits or at the various events:” click here for more


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