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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Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

Gene Pelham: Photograph for The Tattoo Artist (1944)

Norman Rockwell: The Tattoo Artist (1944)

Reference Photograph: Marriage Counselor (1963)

Norman Rockwell: Marriage Counselor (1963)

Reference Photographs: The Problem We All Live With (1964)

Norman Rockwell: The Problem We All Live With (1964)

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) became known as one of the most famous illustrators of his generation through his narrative paintings done in a readily recognizable naturalistic style, which appeared in national magazines reaching millions of readers. Born in 1894 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, he left high school to study at the National Academy of Design and later the Art Students League of New York. By the age of eighteen he was already a published artist specializing in children’s illustration and had become a regular contributor to magazines such as Boys’ Life, the Boy Scouts of America monthly magazine, where he was soon named art director. In 1916 he painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post, beginning a forty-seven-year relationship that resulted in 323 covers and was the centerpiece of his career.

To create many of his iconic, quintessentially American paintings, most of which served as magazine covers, Norman Rockwell worked from carefully staged reference photographs that are now on view for the first time, alongside his paintings in Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera. The exhibition, which will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum from November 19, 2010, through April 10, 2011.

In his early career, Rockwell saw photographs as “a dishonorable crutch for lazy draftsmen,” but once he surrendered to the camera’s charms, photography transformed his art.  Beginning in the late 1930s, Rockwell adopted photography as a tool to bring his illustration ideas to life in studio sessions. Rockwell relied on others to operate the camera; he focussed on posing his models. He created numerous photographs for each new subject, sometimes capturing complete compositions and, at other times, combining separate pictures of individual elements. Over the forty years that he used photographs as his guide, he worked with many skilled photographers, particularly Gene Pelham, Bill Scovill, and Louis Lamone.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

Slide Show: Norman Rockwell/Behind the Camera

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