This week's art inspired fashion post in some ways rounds out the trinity of the 1980s New York art scene as our last two art-inspired posts were devoted to Keith Haring's friends Jean Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf.
With instantly recognizable simple bold lines and active figures, Keith Haring became one of the most well known artists in the world, devoting a great deal of time to public works that often carry social messages. Haring was experimenting with many different mediums before he began creating hundreds of drawings in white chalk on the unused black paper panels throughout the NYC subway system. He would produce up to 40 'subway drawings' in a day, and as his rapid rhythmic drawings became familiar to New York commuters, he began a meteoric rise to fame for a brief but intense career that spanned the 1980s. Keith Haring’s work was featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions before he died at the age of 31 from AIDS.
Criticized by many in the art world for opening the Pop Shop, a retail store in Soho that sold t-shirts, toys, and magnets bearing his images, Haring was committed to making his artwork accessible to a wider audience, and received encouragement and support from his mentor Andy Warhol and thousands of fans. In many ways this concept was the precursor for the melding of art and fashion, and for this reason along with many others, I will always be a big fan.
What do you think about the merging of art and fashion?
p.s. The Keith Haring Foundation scanned his journals and will be posting a page a day during the current Brooklyn Museum retrospective which runs March 16 - July 8, 2012. You can view Keith Haring's journal pages on the Keith Haring Tumblr - so amazing to see how his work evolved!
Details: McQ Black Graffiti scarf, $151; McQ Graffiti T-shirt $120; Paloma Picasso Love ring for Tiffany's, $2,700; J Crew Yellow Patent Skinny belt; $37; Nicholas Kirkwood limited edition Leather Keith Haring print stilettos, $865; McQ black and white skinny ankle jeans, $515; Louis Vuitton bags (left to right): Silver Graffiti Speedy 30, $1,850; Louis Vuitton limited edition monogram graffiti pochette - no longer available; Louis Vuitton Khaki Green Grafitti Keepall 50, $2400; Mary Jo Matsumoto 4FREE Wave Rider Nail Color Trio, $36.