Keith Haring (1958-90) was one of the most renowned of the young
artists, filmmakers, performers, and musicians whose work responded
to the urban street culture of the 1980s.
Inspired by the graffiti artists whose marks covered the city’s subway
cars, Haring began to draw in white chalk over the black paper used
to cover vacant advertising panels.
Not only was he able to reach a large and diverse audience with his
subway drawings, but eventually the subway became, as Haring said,
a “laboratory” for working out his ideas. As early as 1980, Haring
began exhibiting in galleries and museums around the world.