The American artist Keith Haring, who died of Aids-related illnesses in 1990 at the age of 31, is being celebrated in a Google Doodle Today.
The doodle uses normal Google colours – blue, red, yellow and green, but it has been created in a way, which looks pleasing and makes the viewer feel energised in the first look.
If you notice, you will find that the doodle features a bunch of people dancing and celebrating. And every element in this doodle has something to express. The first ‘O’ in this Google doodle looks like a superman, who is trying to fly high. The dance moves in the doodle can make you think – for a moment – these hippies have gathered to dance in someone’s birthday party. Oh! Keith Haring’s 54th birthday.
But if you observe the doodle carefully, you will get the feel of street dancing, and interestingly these dancers form the today’s doodle.
Who is Keith Haring ?
Keith Haring was born May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City in 1978, and began using the city as his canvas, making chalk drawings in subway stations. In 1982, he had his first New York one-man show at the Shafrazi Gallery. A critical success, he soon became one of most popular artists of the time. He died on February 16, 1990, of AIDS-related complications.
His most notable work is that of ‘The Radiant Baby’, which later also became his symbol. After his death, a musical of the same name was also created in his memory.
He established the Keith Haring Foundation in 1989 to provide funding and promotional imagery to Aids organisations and children’s charities, as well as to expand the audience for his work through exhibitions, publications and merchandise.
His last works included a painting on the rear wall of an Italian church and six animations for Sesame Street, reflecting both his versatility and the wide audience for his art.
Keith Haring – Google Doodle Youtube Video
Keith Haring at the Walker Art Center (1984)
Keith Haring Quotes
Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.
Keith Haring prints:
The Keith Haring Foundation
Keith Haring: The Public Artist from SFMOMA