The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A bold sculpture by artist Keith Haring debuts at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Keith Haring, Two Headed Figure.

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has recently installed a rare sculpture by 1980s graffiti artist Keith Haring on the Museum’s outdoor patio area known as Walker Landing. The sculpture, Two-Headed Figure, 1986, features heads of two of the archetypical figures common to Haring’s bold graphic work—a baby and a barking dog—attached to opposite ends of a jellybean-shaped body. Crafted of aluminum and bright red polyurethane paint, the work enlivens an area frequently used as a lunchtime spot by visiting school groups and families. The acquisition of this work was made possible by Sybil Robson Orr and Matthew Orr.

“Two-Headed Figure is a rarity—a unique outdoor sculpture that retains Haring’s signature cartoon style while blown up to larger-than-life size,” said Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi. “The work features two of his signature creatures, here as dual heads on a singular body, leaning over their respective shoulders to engage one another in dialogue. It’s pure delight and whimsy with an invitation to join the conversation.”

Haring began his career as a graffiti artist, crafting simple images of people and animals in chalk on the black paper covering empty advertisement panels in the New York City Subway—sometimes making as many as 40 drawings in a day. His generalized and faceless figures left interpretation of his drawings open to the viewer, but the life-affirming and whimsical nature of the work attracted a wide audience. In addition to playful pups and dancing figures, Haring dealt with difficult subjects as well, including the devastating effects of the AIDS epidemic, as well as questions of political and scientific incursions into the lives of private individuals. He was devoted to the idea of public art, and created numerous murals and other public works for charitable organizations around the world. He also taught children’s drawing workshops, and opened the Pop Shop in 1986, making low-cost versions of his very own artwork available to a wide range of people.

Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. The following year, he established the Keith Haring Foundation, to provide images and funding for AIDS-related organizations and children’s institutions. He died in 1990 at the age of 31. Despite his all-too-brief career, Keith Haring’s work continues to be popular and easily recognizable around the world. On April 19, 2013, a new exhibition of 250 of his early works, Keith Haring: the Political Line, opened at the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris. His work is included in the collection of museums internationally, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Centre Pompidou Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva.

Today's News

May 2, 2013

Van Gogh museum reopens with a stunning display of some of the master's greatest works

Man Made: A selling exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat opens at Sotheby's S/2 Galleries

Two-part exhibition featuring over 100 works of art by Tracey Emin opens at Lehmann Maupin

Renowned Gabriel Revelation Stone in first-time exhibition at Jerusalem's Israel Museum

Rare objects to lead Sotheby's Sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Friedman Benda in New York exhibits works by Belgian artist Koen van den Broek

New ant research by Field Museum constructs family tree, confirms date of evolutionary origin

21c Museum Hotel Louisville presents Wild Card: The Art of Michael Combs, A fifteen year survey

Phillips announces highlights from its London May vintage and contemporary photographs auction

Grant Wood's personal sketchbook at auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago

RSL's June 1 auction features architectural banks in rare colors with prestigious provenance

Richard Dupont's third solo exhibition with Tracy Williams, Ltd. opens in New York

A bold sculpture by artist Keith Haring debuts at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

United Micro Kingdoms (Umk): A design fiction on view at the Design Museum in London

First UK show of the American artist Edy Ferguson at Faggionato Fine Arts

Danish knitwear designer reinterprets old flower paintings

New body of work by Bienese photographer, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou opens at Jack Bell Gallery

First American art magazine launches, bringing a uniquely indigenous voice to indigenous arts

Mad. Sq. Art celebrates inauguration of Orly Genger's installation for Madison Sq Park

Dartmouth's Hood Museum appoints first African Art Curator

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful