In a recent interview with Interview Magazine, no pun intended, Madonna talks her relationship with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and other artists of her early New York days.
“They were incredibly dedicated to their work. I mean, Basquiat was my boyfriend for a while, and I remember getting up in the middle of the night and he wouldn’t be in bed lying next to me; he’d be standing, painting, at four in the morning, this close to the canvas, in a trance. I was blown away by that, that he worked when he felt moved. And they gave jobs to everyone. Keith would meet kids on the street and ask them to come stretch his canvases for him. Basquiat had every B-boy and every graffiti artist in his loft. He was constantly giving everything away. I think they felt guilty that they became successful and were surrounded by people who were penniless, so they shared what they had. They were incredibly generous people, and that rubbed off on me. You stay inspired that way. I could never work in a recording studio where you have this lovely view and a beach and the waves are crashing. For me, it’s all about being in a tiny room with little windows. It’s almost like you have to be in a prison. And you can create beauty when you’re in that sort of deprived environment, which is a re-creation of your formative years.”
Aleem, also known as Chod3r has been drawing for about 3 years now. Keith Haring and Freebase are a big influence in the artwork he does. But at first he used to do a little tagging and sticker slapping.
At the time he was obsessed with patterns and making art out of just lines. The patterns and art of people and other pictures came from playing around.
“I had showed my friend the stuff I was fooling around with, and he actually liked then once that was done,” Chod3r explains. “I decided to do more then a lot of people actually started liking it. I’ve done recent ones for Kdia, Aleali May, and several others. I plan on taking this to the next level, and make my style stay out and be known.” We’re excited to see where it goes. Take a look at some of Chod3r’s new work below.
Lions, Tigers & bears? You should be more scared of the Warhols, the Harings and the OBEY’s on the wall
Dominance on tap. The latest show at Gregg Shienbaum Gallery was a precursor to what to expect from the upcoming Art Basel. The list of featured artists read like a who’s who of contemporary art of the past 40 or so years. From the old pop masters: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Chuck Close, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselmann, to the modern day art stars: Damien Hirst, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Takashi Murakami, Space Invader, DFace and more. Id youre in the Wynwood area of Mjami, ever check out this gallery. Can’t wait to see what they have cooked up for Art Basel.
“I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.” – Keith Haring
It’s been more than 30 years since then unknown artist Keith Haring traded his humble beginnings in a small town for the big city dreams of a city like New York and entered school at The School of Visual Arts. That was 1978. It’s 2012, and Street Art is a now global phenomenon. The new generation of artists taking a cue from Haring and others of that movement take to the street innately when it comes time to get their work to the masses. I find it fitting, The Brooklyn Museum choose to showcase some of Keith’s earlier work at a time when Street Art is the new Fine Art. Last week, Keith Haring: 1978-1982, a traveling exhibition first shown in Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna and The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati opened to the masses and once again, the public who Keith devoted years to, have a chance to view his work once more.
New York has always been a haven for artists. Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, James Baldwin, Keith Haring, Madonna, Jay-Z, the list can fill a Twilight of the brilliant artists that have once been inspired while living in the city of dreams. The Maidstone’s latest exhibition, I’m An Artist Living In New York explores the connection between the city and artists by highlighting photography of the artists at play in the city.
Growing up in New York City’s emerging uptown neighborhood of Washington Heights to Dominican immigrant parents, M. Tony Peralta was seemingly born a child of the hip-hop generation. As a teenager, his eye shifted to graffiti and the work of New York downtown artist Keith Haring. At age 17, Peralta transferred his own artwork onto t-shirts, which he sold in his neighborhood. Years later, the 35-year-old artist/graphic designer is still pushing t-shirts but to a broader audience.
When the tabloids went to town, Andy Warhol followed. The late pop artist who has been described as an artistic voyeur was of course a noted news junkie. You can keep your books of Job and David, The New York Post was Andy’s Bible. Warhol: Headlines, a new exhibit running at The National Gallery of Art focuses on Warhol’s so-called Headline paintings.
Maya Arulpragasam came onto the scene in 2005 with her debut, Arular. M.I.A. mirrors the past – leading by sample – and marks the future. From sound to sentiment to style, she lays the groundwork for the new underground of which she spoke in NME
I’m rattling these names off the top of my head knowing good and well that you know what I am talking about. Well, how about Nicholas Kirkwood? The designer whose hunky heel pumps, sandals, and boots are a moniker and symbol of his aesthetic has released something a bit uncanny: a cartoon heel. The line is officially entitled the “Keith Haring” line inspired after the infamous pop artist of the 80s. A filming of ‘The Universe of Keith Haring,” inspired Nicholas Kirkwood and the rest is a collection of heels that made me go Christian…who?
New York City based artist Lou Patrou has created a body of work that speaks to the city he calls home. It’s vibrant, full of life and robust characters. Some of pieces–complete with dancing stick figures and African inspired patterns and prints–remind me of pop art legend Keith Haring–one of my favorite artists. Check out some of our favorite pieces from Lou below.
Let me introduce you to Italian illustrator Flavio Melchiorre. Flavio creates these densely-layered vector style abstract works. I love it, but can’t help but be reminded of Keith Haring. What do you think? Is Flavio Melchiorre the new Keith Haring?