Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon

Recognized as one of the most dynamic and original American artists working in the 1980s, Keith Haring left behind an impressive amount of iconographic paintings, drawings and sculptures. Trained in advertising graphics, Haring started by writing on subway walls, yet his work soon came under the auspices of New York's greatest galleries and the world's most prestigious collectors. This retrospective shows for the first time paintings made on metal between 1980 and 1990.

Haring created a personal language of non-verbal symbols, which are outlined by a bold and continuous line, forming cartoon-like figures. While they recall motifs found in tribal art and pop art, among others, the graffiti and social vivacity and diversity of New York City streets were said to be Haring's core inspiration. His work is at once simple yet evocative, playful yet serious, and can be understood as a precursor to much of the urban art and stenciling that are popular today.

February 22 through June 29, 2008
Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon
81 quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon
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