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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  314 ratings  ·  38 reviews
A stunning Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of the activist artist's extraordinary journals

Keith Haring is synonymous with the downtown New York art scene of the 1980's. His artwork-with its simple, bold lines and dynamic figures in motion-filtered in to the world's consciousness and is still instantly recognizable, twenty years after his death. This Penguin Classics De
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Penguin Classics (first published 1996)
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Jory Dayne
May 01, 2010 Jory Dayne added it
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Keith Haring's images are some of the earliest I remember — I can still see his drawings in my mind, animated, accompanied by the goofiest songs on Sesame Street. The more I learn about his life the more and more respect I gain for him. His pieces, like himself, are at once reserved and saturated with emotion —a king of permanent Interrobang Introspection, and his journal is perhaps all of that in a more raw form.

A journal is what it is. In some places this book leaves a little to be desired, I
This was more depressing than anything. It starts out the story of a guy who is totally committed to coming up with neat interesting artistic concepts, he starts out with his art school ideals writing in such a lovely way about how he does his work and you really watch Haring begin to grow as an artist across each page! The first part of the books is awesome.

I would recommend skipping the second half entirely though. It jumps abruptly from Harings neat musings on art and aesthetics and his curre
Robin Dalla-Vicenza
This was really a really interesting memoir (diary) in that it covered such a large period of time over a person's life, from when he was in University right up until his death. Not only do you learn a lot about Haring himself, but about the time period that he lived in through his political and social engagements. There is a lot in the book about the politics of art, particularly of Pop Art and how it is viewed by the rest of the art community. Towards the latter half of the book it goes into t ...more
Omar Rodriguez-Rodriguez
Keith Haring's Journals give a good account of the events in his life and his reactions to the world around him. This is a close look at 1980's and the art scene of the times. His point of view on Warhol's work is enlightening as well as his point of view on "street" and "museum" art. He reviews the art (and party) scene of NYC, questions the validity of his own work, his place in history, the business of the Art world, AIDS, his mortality, his legacy, etc, etc

KH was a Peter Pan who could write
Adele Griffin
Since i am not feeling very inspired right now, am going to go with the catch-word of the month "meh" to describe what starts in '77 as an astounding collection of notes and entries from a brilliant mind, and then barely 100 pages later (with a full two-year interval of silence between 84-86) becomes a laundry list of chic restaurants and famous people. Haring was obviously hugely busy in the mid 80s, working more than writing, and of course it's the art that matters-- but it seems a bit sneaky ...more
Michael Clark
A heartbreaking work of genius. What a gifted artist and better at words then one would expect. The early parts where he's working out his artistic philosophy gives you great insight into his process and deeper understanding of where he saw his art in the spectrum of history. Then his drive to create despite his looming death is riviting and leaves you to wonder what he would have done with a full lifetime? Might he have surpassed Picasso or Warhol? I guess we must be happy he was able to create ...more
Peter Mowris
A nice chunk of the book is devoted to his student years. The only frustrating thing is that the years of his leap to fame are not there. He is not famous, then he is. There is some reflection on the phenomenon, but not much. His ideas on art uniting people and issues of high and low culture are best from him and no one else. Artists generally know best. A nice surprise was his interest in Robert Henri, who I also adored while in art school. Anyone who is a student majoring in the fine arts need ...more
I'm going to read it again.
p22: November 12, 1978 Drawing pictures in the snow is the most perfect example of my attempts to create a perfect form. Inevitably the snow is in constant change: There is no way to control its permanency or its form. Drawing in the snow is like trying to paint a picture that will record specific thoughts at a specific time. You draw fast and you are always aware that you are creating something very temporary, very auto-destructive, very instant. It goes quickly and there is not time to worry a ...more
Matt Lewis

Following in the footsteps of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring (along with Basquiat and others) was part of the new wave of pop artists in the 80's that blossomed and died in the very same decade. His unique trademark of artwork made him internationally famous and his style became nearly ubiquitous in the late '80s and early 90's (I think everyone's parents had a copy of the 'A Very Special Christmas' CD with his baby artwork on it). He tragically lost his life when he was only 32 as a victim of the AI
It took me over a year to read this book. It may have been due in part to the fact that I knew that Haring would inevitably die an early heart breaking death. I first found this book in Ara Güler's café in Istanbul back in 2008. I sat at the small table pouring over the journals and knew I had to order it when I got back to the states.

These journals start in 1977 when Haring is a teenager living in Pennsylvania hitch hiking and busing around the country attending Grateful Dead shows, visiting D
Conosco e inseguo da tempo le opere di KH, ma non conoscevo pressoché nulla della sua vita. Sono i suoi diari, come li ha scritti lui, con salti, dimenticanze, momenti intensissimi, di vita privata che non ha nulla a che vedere con l'arte, in mezzo a spiegazioni (a se stesso) del perché dei suoi dipinti.

It's hard to critique a book like this because it is the man's journal. Who am I to judge? While it can be interesting at times to see where Haring's art is taking him in the world and what his general life is like, for those of you interested in learning more about the man and his life , a strict biography would be a better reference.
I loved this. It gives a fascinating insight into the work process and artistic goals of KH, one of the most important artists and cultural icons of my lifetime. The reader gets a real sense of Haring as a man and an artist. Somehow, seeing how much he packed into his tragically short life made me feel less devastated that he is no longer with us. The world is far, far richer for even the scant three decades we had him for. RIP KH.
What an inspiring read! There was more writing about art process than I expected, and it really motivated and inspired me as an artist. This book had me sketching every time I read it. Can't recommend enough.
Brian Kovesci
I now have respect for this man. His journals tell me way more about his art than an art history book could. Eternally sad but also lively and well spoken.
Abbandonato a pagina 80. Prima o poi lo riprenderò.
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709.2 H281 2010
I would have liked to meet Keith Haring in person. I strongly believe that you can't understand his work until you read his journals. He was unbelievably talented, passionate and sensitive. This book talks about life, war, technology, sex, in a language everyone understands which is very similar to his paintings.

I'm really picky about the books I take on airplanes. They need to keep me engaged all day, even when I'm tired and there are a million distracting things going on around me. I bought this book in Iowa to take with me on the plane to San Francisco. I'm really enjoying it. I love his art.
You've seen this man's work everywhere. And lucky for him he hails from Allentown, PA! A not-so-well written chronicle of his travels to-and-fro America (via Europe) and the people he meets (i.e., Andy Warhol and co.), the drugs he takes, and the boys he falls in love with.
Real Supergirl
Jun 11, 2007 Real Supergirl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists
Shelves: memoir
Keith Haring was a brilliant artist working in the public sector, who believed art belonged in the public sector, not in private galleries and museums. His journals chronicle his evolving philosophy of what it means to be an artist and the role of art in the world.
Tara Daly
Jun 09, 2007 Tara Daly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists and their lovers
Great look at Keith Haring's graffiti art and his psyche through his drawings and doodlings and notes. Like the Edie book, a splice of New York city too, this time, the early 80s and AIDS emergence. Many great photos and prints included.
more than just a record of haring's work, his journal allows us into his head. it's almost like having a conversation about art with him. like hockney says about haring "a very generous life".
Sep 03, 2007 Don rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
The journals of one of the most prolific pop artists of our time. Transcending race, nation, and time to create icons that symbolize the life and struggles of human kind.

Got it for Christmas in high school. I was totally into the 80s modern art scene at that point in my life. Keith Haring's painting still make me smile.
another one of my favorite artists. i have a drawing of his tattooed on my shoulder. Fascinating glimpse into his life and what inspired him.
Jun 15, 2007 Andee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists
this is a great read for any artist feeling stuck. haring's struggles with his creative mind, fame and travels are worth the read.
Jul 06, 2012 Drawblanx is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Totally inspiring- difficult to get thru more than a few pages before having to set it down and scratch that itch!
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Keith Haring (1958–1990) grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to New York in 1978 to enroll in the School of Visual Arts. Over the following decade, he made some of the most widely recognized artwork of the twentieth century.
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