SILENCE = DEATH

by Ryan Blackwell | 13.07.19

A profound and telling look into the life and work of Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool is now on till November 10th 2019. The New York based artist who sadly passed from HIV related illness in the 80s is as relevant now than he was then. Prolific in his work challenging political, queer and racial rights stands true today.

Until November 10th 2019

by the end of the 1980s, Haring's body of pop art inspired work had reached global acclaim. From thousands of drawings throughout the subway in New York, to intense personal journals, the artist's recognisable work engaged with pop culture through collaborations with Warhol, Grace Jones, even madonna whilst questioning the motives of those in power. Haring took his work into the role of activism throughout his career creating posters advocating for the rights of LGBTQ, POC, and particularly the aids crisis of which his work has become one of the most notable visuals of that movement. 

The exhibition takes us through the history of Haring's career showcasing the short but intense period of his working career up until his death. Each piece is powerful, iconographic, and at times devastating when looking at the pieces surrounding the aids crisis. 

We get to see Haring's activist work woven in with his dramatic pieces, from posters about drug culture in NYC, to artworks like Silence=Death which re-appropriates the pink triangle from WW2.

This exhibition is not to be missed.

"Visitors to the exhibition will see more than 85 artworks including large, vibrant paintings and drawings. Also on display are posters, photographs, and videos that capture the vibrancy of 1980s New York street culture."

"Compelled to speak for his generation, his art responds to urgent issues including political dictatorship, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS awareness, capitalism and the environment."

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