It’s incredible to think that Keith Haring was only alive for 31 years, given the impact of his work. In New York particularly, his public pop-art greeted many thousands of people every day, and internationally he was, and still is, highly regarded. He also left behind a valuable legacy that includes, alongside his artwork, the Keith Haring Foundation; launched in 1989 “to assist AIDS-related and children’s charities”, said disease being the cause of his death just a year later.
Below: a brief letter of advice he wrote to an aspiring artist and fan of Haring’s work, circa-1987.
676 BROADWAY N.Y.C. 10012 212-477-1579
Thanks for your letter. I draw everyday. When I was 15, I wanted to be an artist so I drew all the time. It was my only visible talent.
Whatever you do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don’t do it for anyone else.
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