Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Keith Haring: Crack Is Wack


It has been 23 years since artist Keith Haring illegally painted this iconic "Crack Is Wack" mural in Harlem River Park along the FDR Drive. Haring died of AIDS in 1990, but much of his public art lives on. In fact, the NYC Parks Department allowed the mural to be restored and repaired in 2007, and renamed the area the Crack Is Wack Playground. See my previous Keith Haring post HERE.


6 comments:

Chris said...

My US History teacher (Mr. Haring) was Keith Haring's cousin. He remains one of my favorite artists of all time.

SailorAlphaCentauri said...

Other than the fact that the park is now called "Crack is Wack", I like the idea that graffiti art is being appreciated as something other than a public nuisance.

Stephen said...

Great minds think alike. I did a post about Keith Haring on his birthday- May 4th... in it, I lamented the loss of my Keith Haring Swatch.
Great post as always, David.

Mechadude2001 said...

my first thought is Whitney Houston.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it was the artist's estate that paid for the 2007 restoration of the mural (as well as all of its previous restorations and the restoration of Haring's other remaining NYC outdoor mural at the Carmine Street swimming pool, at Carmine and Varick).
Both murals were created with the eventual support of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, but the city neither maintains nor restores them.

Muthu Pearl said...

Awesome quotes of Keith Haring . Thanks for sharing this with us.

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