PARIS: The Politics of Keith Haring

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris unveils the largest dedicated retrospective of American artist Keith Haring. On view simultaneously at Le Centquatre, the grand-scale exhibition entitled “The Political Line” highlights the profound “political” content ever-present in Haring’s work. Brimming with strong lines, bold colors, and a repertoire of illustrative signs, twenty monumental paintings and some 250 works that range from drawings to sculptures are being showcased. These works speak of individual freedom and change, displayed in such a way as to narrate Haring’s socio-political obsessions. This progressive artist worked on the streets and in public spaces to inspire a larger audience. In honor of Haring’s will to make art free for everyone, posters of his “subway drawings” have been temporarily plastered inside Paris’ Alma subway station alongside quotes from the influential artist. 

Coinciding with the exhibition is a pop-up shop inside renowned concept store Colette. The backdrop is complete with Jeannette Montgomery Barron photographs documenting the underground New York City scene of the’80s. A short film by Elinor Vernhes, shot with a small camera attached to Haring’s paintbrush, is also on view. Open through May 4th, followers can shop a mélange of goods spanning iPhone covers and toys to jewelry and fashion wares inspired by the artist’s graphic vocabulary. Curator of the pop-up and friend of Haring’s, French artist Maripol says of the iconic artist, “If he could paint the planet he would, he had that kind of energy.” – Sarah Ryan Hecht

KEITH HARING: The Political Line

On view through August 18th, 2013

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

11 Avenue du Président Wilson 75116 / +33 (0)153674000


5 rue Curial 75019 / +33 (0)153355000

Photos courtesy of the Musée d’Art Moderne and WWD



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