Keith Haring, like many young artists of New York in the 1980's, used the streets and subways as his canvas. His artistic language developed from the clandestine artistic incursions he made. Through graffiti, Haring developed his own personal vocabulary. Haring was a frequent subway commuter, and one day, he was inspired to draw on the many old advertisements in the subways that were covered with black paper. He drew in white chalk and depicted babies and human figures, flying saucers, animals, television sets, to name a few. The N.Y. subway commuters became very familiar with Haring's work from these drawings.
Keith Haring, a School of Visual Arts
Alumni, died of AIDS on Feb. 16, 1990, at age 31. He is greatly missed in
the New York art scene by his friends and admirers.