"[The exhibition] emphasizes the artist not just as an ’80s icon (whose pieces feature, among other of-the-era motifs, break dancers and Mickey Mouse likenesses) but also as a full-throttle political force." – Leilani Marie Labong Read more.
Haring Media Coverage
Check out the latest headlines about Keith Haring: The Political Line below.
“Keith Haring is part graffiti, street art, fine art, activist, futurist, environmentalist, and came on the scene with one of the most original styles the world has ever, and will ever, see.” – Carlo McCormick Read more.
"He explored deadly serious issues in his work, but it's the utter joy that he captured — the moments where sweat seems to almost jump off your body — that will always attract new generations to Haring's art, and will always make his work seem so fresh and so alive." – Jonathan Curiel Read more.
“'The Political Line'... is the first show to look at Haring’s art from a social justice perspective." – Miranda Leitsinger Read more.
"The de Young’s show... presents Haring at his best." – Kenneth Baker Read more.
"With his cheerfully yapping dogs and crawling babies, exultant human dancers and sci-fi flying saucers, Keith Haring (1958-90) created an international grammar of visual delight." – Steven Winn Read more.
"The cogent politics in [Haring’s] work are reborn with great vigor... Even if you think you know him, look again, and see the world anew.” – Christian L. Frock Read more.
"[Haring] has helped shaped the face of major American cities such as San Francisco, where his work has been installed at the South of Market Childcare Center, the Moscone Convention Center, and the AIDS Chapel at Grace Cathedral.” – Michelle Ehrhardt Read more.
View the NBC.com slideshow to learn more about the exhibition that is heralded as "the first show to look at Haring's art from a social justice perspective." Read more.
"The de Young show... is a reminder that Haring could be a tougher and more credible artist than all the too ingratiating Popster he also was." – Richard Lacayo Read more.
"Famous for his ebullient street art, Haring's art had a much tougher, activist element, which this show brings to the fore." – Glen Helfand Read more.
"Haring's style has long been celebrated for its radical simplicity, though its messages are anything but... the images live on and continue to inspire" – Brittany Shoot Read more.
"The most distinctive images from throughout Haring's career are all here." – Robert Taylor Read more.