American artist Keith Haring died on February 16th in 1990, at the age of 31.
In the late 1970s, Haring worked a maintenance job at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and had the opportunity to explore works by Jean Dubuffet and Jackson Pollock. He was profoundly influenced by a 1977 retrospective of Pierre Alechinsky's work, and a 1978 lecture by Christo.
He soon began working on performance art, and large-scale imagery paintings, with predominant themes of war, sexuality, birth, and death.
Haring was an outspoken political activist, and founded the Keith Haring Foundation, which supports educational opportunities for underprivileged children and financing AIDS research and patient care.
February 16, 1990
post by Chanez Baali / photograph by Tseng Kwong Chi, Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc.