The Keith Haring exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum is the first major retrospective of the graffiti artist's early career. And one of the highlights of my recent trip to New York. (I will stop banging on about it soon, promise. Well, maybe one more photo of the High Line). Brilliantly curated, the show features Haring's work from 1978, the year he moved to New York, aged 19, to 1982: line drawings, sketchbooks, subway paintings, flyers and videos. Born out of punk and hip hop, this outsider art captured the energetic New York zeitgeist of the time - which, as I was still at school in the north of England, passed me by. And, even though, thirty years on, the squiggles and patterns are very familiar, this early street art still feels fresh and exciting today. I love the concept of 'art for the people,' Keith Haring did his own thing, provided an alternative outside the art world and the art world loved it.
Keith Haring portrait: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.