It’s incredible to think that Keith Haring was only alive for 31 years, given the impact of his work. In New York particularly, his public pop-art greeted many thousands of people every day, and internationally he was, and still is, highly regarded. He also left behind a valuable legacy that includes, alongside his artwork, the Keith Haring Foundation; launched in 1989 “to assist AIDS-related and children’s charities”, said disease being the cause of his death just a year later.
Above is a brief letter of advice he wrote to an aspiring artist and fan of his work, circa-1987.
Happy Birthday Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper, born on this day in 1936, wasn’t just an Academy Award-nominated actor, director, screenwriter, and notorious bad boy. He was also a visual artist who created acclaimed photographs, paintings, and prints.
Unsurprisingly, Hopper’s photographs have a casually cinematic quality to them, especially when he focused on his famous friends and fellow artists—such as portraits of James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol.