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Keith Haring spent little more than a decade in the spotlight, but in his singular blend of street art, graffiti, a Pop sensibility, and cartoon elements, he created stalwarts of modern pop culture as much as vivid social and political statements. From his first subway drawings through to his Pop Shop in SoHo, this concise introduction explores Haring’s innovation and activism at the heart of the 1980s New York art scene.
Hardcover8.3 x 10.2 in.1.30 lb96 pages



Art is for Everybody

The artist as activist

One of the key figures in the New York art world of the 1980s, Keith Haring (1958–1990) created a signature style that blended street art, graffiti, a Pop sensibility, and cartoon elements to unique, memorable effect. With thick black outlines, bright colors, and kinetic figures, his public (and occasionally illegal) interventions, sculptures, and works on canvas and paper have become instantly recognizable icons of 20th-century visual culture.

From his first chalk drawings in the New York City subway stations, to his renowned “Radiant Baby” symbol, and his commissions for Swatch Watch and Absolut Vodka, Haring’s work was both emblematic of the manic work ethic of 1980s New York, yet distinctive for its social awareness. Belying their bright, playful aesthetics, his pieces often tackled intensely controversial socio-political issues, including racism, capitalism, religious fundamentalism, and the increasing impact of AIDS on New York’s gay community, the latter foreshadowing his own death from the disease in 1990.

In this vivid introduction to Haring’s work, we explore the dynamic life and innovative spirit of this singular artist, who spent little more than a decade in the spotlight, but through the accessibility of his visual vocabulary and the strength of his political commitment became one of the most significant artists to emerge from New York’s vibrant, downtown community.
The author

Alexandra Kolossa studied art history, German literature, and business administration in Trier. She earned her doctorate in 2003. Since 1998 she has been a freelance author and contemporary art exhibition curator. She lives and works in Düren, Germany.

Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.59 kg96 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-3042-2

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-3049-1

Edition: English
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April 27 - September 08, 2024

Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody

Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, United States

Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
• a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
• a concise biography
• approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions



5 Ratings

Essential Haring

Jerry,November 4, 2021
Another great book from Taschen. Takes you through the essential work of Keith Haring.

A quite complete KH review

Antonio,October 27, 2021
It is a quite detailed review of all KH's career. Does not focus only on the most well known pieces of art but get into detail on other less publicited works. Interesting to read.


Alessio,October 27, 2021
Full of interesting images and information

A genius

JF,October 27, 2021
The best works of a genius emerged from the NY subway.

Basic Art Series es genial

Isabel,December 10, 2021
Estoy construyendo mi biblioteca y La serie Basic Art es genial porque provee con toda la información basica de los grandes artistas de la historia en una edición cuidada y preciosa. 100% recomendada, sobretodo si es para tener varios!