The Early Works of Keith Haring: 1978-1982

The Early Works of Keith Haring: 1978-1982

The public has a right to art. Art is for everybody.
-Keith Haring

Keith Haring ranks among the most iconic, influential and popular artists in the world. Opening twenty years after his death, Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is a rare and in-depth look at the prolific early years that established Haring’s language as an artist, his politics and social conscience, and his open homosexuality. The historic exhibition opened on March 16th at the Brooklyn Museum and chronicles the early career of Keith Haring in New York City, through the years when he opened his studio and took his art to the streets.

Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, the exhibition traces the development of Haring’s extraordinary visual vocabulary. Keith Haring: 1978–1982 includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos and over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings and documentary photographs.

The Universe of Keith Haring

Photo-Gallery: The Early Works of Keith Haring: 1978-1982

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The Alialujah Choir: A House, A Home

The Alialujah Choir: A House, A Home

A House, A Home is a narrative music video from the debut album of The Alialujah Choir, directed by Daniel Fickle and produced by Mark Smith. The song tells the story of two imagined characters, an adolescent boy and girl, who were in treatment at a psychiatric hospital. They were both going through that intense experience together, but since they were never allowed to be alone with each other, and the boy could never express his feelings for the girl, his feelings for her became larger than life. One day, when the boy saw the girl leaving the office from her therapy session, he assumed that it was a rendezvous of a different kind and took his own life.

Smith wanted to create a narrative for the video to help the boy who had committed suicide reconcile his past. A few years after the boy’s death, the girl also died of natural causes and was buried next to him. It was Fickle’s idea to continue the story underground. By keeping the obvious graveyard imagery out of the story, it helped to create a lighter mood and leave room for playfulness, which was a counterbalance to the somber tone of the song and lyrics.

Daniel Fickle previously directed the incredible music video Denmark for The Portland Cello Project.

The Alialujah Choir: A House, A Home

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The Lonely Ghosts of New York City’s Past

The Lonely Ghosts of New York City’s Past

Photography by: Jem Cohen, NYC

The ghostly Polaroids that filmmaker Jem Cohen has taken of New York City over the past 30 years remind him of “a sleepwalker’s view of the city.” The impressionistic images, filled with vaporous landscapes, acid colors, deadpan close-ups and long, lonesome vistas, could be said to capture those parts of the city its residents have forgotten, or even what the city has forgotten about itself.

The same can be observed about Cohen’s short films, NYC Weights and Measures (2006) and Lost Book Found (1996), which capture the lonely solitude that exists beneath the often deafening noise and frantic bustle of the city’s streets.

Read more about Jem Cohen’s work in The New York Times here.

Jem Cohen: Lost Book Found (1996)

Jem Cohen: NYC Weights and Measures (2006)

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Girl Walk//All Day: An Infectious Urban Dance Marathon

Girl Walk//All Day: An Infectious Urban Dance Marathon

Girl Walk // All Day is the newly-released debut film from director Jacob Krupnick, a piece of visual art painted with the colors of New York City, where the residents don’t even blink when a seemingly goofy young woman in a windbreaker starts dancing like a crazy person right through a park in broad daylight. The twelve-act movie uses All Day, the latest album from Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis), as its narrative force. The music provides a deeply emotional soundtrack to 71 minutes of dancing, as the three main actors dance their way through New York, from the High Line to Central Park, to the subway, to Occupy Wall Street and back.

Girl Walk//All Day: An Infectious Urban Dance Marathon

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A Day in the Life: Girl Talk (Documentary)

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Sexy Screen Tests: A Big Cock and Hot Chicks

Sexy Screen Tests: A Big Cock and Hot Chicks

In film director Aaron Rose’s Warhol-inspired and farmyard-centric Chicken Screen Tests, a collection of exquisite California chicks and a charismatic duck mug for the camera, all the while posing for their portraits to the music of Dean and Britta’s cover of Bob Dylan’s I’ll Keep It With Mine. Rose’s bewildering chicken screen tests were shot with 16mm film in line with the standard formula of Andy Warhol’s 1960s Factory Screen Tests, with the finely feathered thespians obtained from a farm in San Pedro.

Aaron Rose: Chicken Screen Tests

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L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

L’Odyssee de Cartier is a dazzling 3 1/2-minute CGI short film directed by Bruno Aveillan, which was nearly two years in the making with a team of 50 people. The original score for L’Odyssee de Cartier was composed and arranged by renowned orchestrator Pierre Adenot and recorded at London’s legendary Abbey Road studios; special effects were created by Digital District.

The movie, showcasing Cartier’s standout creativity and innovation, centers around the iconic Cartier Panthere traveling around the world in search of inspiration. The diamond encrusted Panthere comes to life after the lights go down in Cartier’s Paris flagship store and then takes an intricate CGI journey around the world, visiting Russian royals taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, then conversing with a dragon that becomes the Great Wall of China, and then encountering one of India’s famous roving palaces (on top of an elephant) before being flown back to France by Alberto Santos-Dumont, the aviation pioneer for whom the Cartier Santos wrist watch is named.

L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

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