Friday 17 November 5.30 – 7pm
Keith Haring is the art-world’s most famous graffiti artist. He travels extensively and his work appears on everything from subways in New York to museums in Melbourne. His images are clean, graphic and totemic. He says:’I am a friend of Andy Warhol!’ Believe it or not, he’s at Moomba!!! ( Keith, not Andy…)
At the height of his fame, New York City artist and activist Keith Haring landed in Australia in 1984.
Andrew Montana’s new book Primitive & Pop Keith Haring’s Australia 1984 focuses on the dynamic, young cultural milieu of artists and creative personalities with whom Haring interacted in Melbourne and Sydney. These included Juan Davila, Peter Tully,David McDirmid, Howard Arkley, William Yang, the architecture and design group Built Moderne, members of the Fashion Design Council and the Public Art Squad of mural painters in Sydney.
In support of the Gay Rights Movement, Haring was part of the protest Mardi Gras parade in 1984.
Melding new scholarship on the visual arts of the early 1980s, this book vividly weaves Haring’s animated art with the audacious work of Australian artists.
JOIN author ANDREW MONTANA and Drill Hall Gallery Director TERENCE MALOON