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Keith Haring Hardcover – October 28, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847831396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847831395
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"...the book's soul is in the artwork itself--and this volume has plenty of heart." ~Metro Source NY

"Visually stunning...and absolutely essential for anyone with an interest in the art world at the end of the 20th Century." ~The Village Voice

"...homage to a thrilling and inspiring career..." ~Flordia InsideOut

"The hefty tome incorporates more than a decade of research and a trove of unpublished photographic and written material ranging from chalk drawings to subway murals and the famous body painting of Grace Jones. A major, well-deserved tribute to the late artist, this handsome offering is a fan’s dream-come-true and just in time for Christmas gifting." ~Indulge Magazine

" awe-inspiring monograph of bold, provocative, endearing, and unforgettable images that Haring was renowned for...Truly a book to be treasured." ~Le Petite Chic

"...a definitive book on the artist..." ~Cincinnati Enquirer

"The bold, visionary artist is celebrated in art dealer Jeffrey Deitch’s exhaustive tome that features Haring’s early subway chalk drawings, unpublished photos and never-before-seen journal entries."

About the Author

Jeffrey Deitch is a leading New York art dealer representing a range of high profile contemporary artists, as well as the Estate of Keith Haring. Deitch’s writings have appeared in several books, among them, the highly acclaimed Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture. Suzanne Geiss is Managing Director and Producer of Deitch Projects. Julia Gruen, former assistant to Keith Haring, is the executive director of the Keith Haring Foundation. Kenny Scharf and George Condo are renowned international artists.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Rosen on August 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This large, oversized book is a wonderful tribute to Keith Haring and his artwork. Haring was a ground breaking artist who combined graffiti and street art with pop art. He also combined art in commerce in a way that had never been done with the Pop Shop, a retail store that sold merchandise featuring his artwork (think Murakami) on everything from clothing to kids toys. Must-have for Haring fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MattC on September 30, 2012
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Def a must for Keith Haring fans. This book has so many examples of his work, you can't find anywhere else. Theres also a surprise as soon as you open the book :). The small attention to detail is nice too. On the side there is walking guys printed on the edges. Great coffee table book! :)
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By RJ Nuzzi on September 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
As one who was at the School Of Visual Arts in NYC at the time Keith Haring was dropping out, we all were aware of his presence & genius. Having met him several times both in passing on the streets & at his shows in Soho, Keith Haring reinvigorated the Art World with so much intrigue & boundless energy that only this book can begin to convey it as well as it does.

Haring wasn't only a visual artist but a 'performance artist' too, participating in events at the famed 'Mudd Club', the hub for many of us who were multi-media & wanna-be celebs! His 'performance' pieces having the same flamboyance as would be his archetypal imgery, Haring was always reaching out to everyone in every venue. His main philosophy was that art wasn't an elitist endeavor. His art reached out to everyone of all backgrounds & ages, particularly subway riders! His iconic 'subway drawings' (on black paper) are not only spontaneously perfect renderings but the stuff of legend, as we know, & as this book beautifully portrays.

Haring's legacy always teeters on what critics deem him amongst the great 80's artists; who's still resistant to his commercial iconography & artistic proclivities. In his time, he bucked up against the art establishment, much like he still does in the decades after his demise. However, when one realistically goes back to that time in the early 80's, Keith Haring is the first visual artist to perfectly reflect the era overall, as his art was a bold & graphic testament to all we had gone through, no matter what art critic still finds ways to diminish his significance & legacy.

This book does everything to place Haring in his rightful place in New York history, as well as the greater history of art. His legend is unstoppable. Get it today. Haring, along with Jean Michel Basquiat, were the 'it' artists back in the day; sadly two with tragic endings... gone too soon.
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