Drawing on walls : a story of Keith Haring

by Burgess, Matthew,

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Summary

"Burgess describes Haring discovering Robert Henri's The Art Spirit in college ("He felt as if the book was speaking directly to him"), encountering the large paintings of Pierre Alechinsky (he was "blown away"), and recognizing a common impulse in dancers at the West Village's Paradise Garage ("For Keith, drawing and painting were like dancing. He called it 'mind-to-hand flow'"). Cochran uses a thick black line to suggest Haring's creations, and renders figures in a Haring-esque style without seeming gimmicky. Of interest to young readers are Haring's frequent efforts to involve children in mural-making projects. The story, including a respectful acknowledgement of Haring's death from AIDS, makes the subject seem immediate and real--and presents a compelling vision of answering the call to create." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

I would love to be a teacher because I love children and I think that not enough people respect children or understand how important they are. I have done many projects with children of all ages. --Keith Haring

Truly devoted to the idea of public art, Haring created murals wherever he went.

From Matthew Burgess, the much-acclaimed author of Enormous Smallness, comes Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring. Often seen drawing in white chalk on the matte black paper of unused advertising space in the subway, Haring's iconic pop art and graffiti-like style transformed the New York City underground in the 1980s. A member of the LGBTQ community, Haring died tragically at the age of thirty-one from AIDS-related complications. Illustrated in paint by Josh Cochran, himself a specialist in bright, dense, conceptual drawings, this honest, celebratory book honors Haring's life and art, along with his very special connection with kids.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Everything about this book spells gentleness and creativity. On large spreads filled with Cochran's primary-color-soaked art in Haring's trademark graffiti-doodle style, the late artist is shown exuberantly creating his work and sharing it with children and others. Young readers will identify with the child Keith who drew everywhere, "'But not on the walls!" as his mother warned. Burgess' description of Haring's early life is lively and poignant, given that adult readers know the sad ending that's coming. In between, however, the author joyfully describes his subject's creations, fun and spontaneous art practices as a child and later as a successful artist, artistic influences, and travels to share his art with the world. Burgess' description of the intense creativity unleashed when Haring moved to New York City and fell in love with subway graffiti will bring home to young artists that the everyday world can be a rich inspiration for their work. Haring's sexuality is mentioned matter-of-factly, when the author notes that the artist fell in love with "a deejay named Juan Dubose" and "together, they were happy." Similarly, Haring's death from "a serious illness called AIDS" is touched upon, but cloaked in Burgess' emphasis that even after the artist's death, his love of art and his passion and determination that art is for everybody lives on."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this picture book biography about artist and muralist Haring, Burgess and Cochran relate their subject's path to focusing his inexorable drive. Via straightforward language, Burgess describes Haring discovering Robert Henri's The Art Spirit in college ("He felt as if the book was speaking directly to him"), encountering the large paintings of Pierre Alechinsky (he was "blown away"), and recognizing a common impulse in dancers at the West Village's Paradise Garage ("For Keith, drawing and painting were like dancing. He called it 'mind-to-hand flow'"). Cochran uses a thick black line to suggest Haring's creations, and renders figures in a Haring-esque style without seeming gimmicky. Of interest to young readers are Haring's frequent efforts to involve children in mural-making projects. The story, including a respectful acknowledgement of Haring's death from AIDS, makes the subject seem immediate and real--and presents a compelling vision of answering the call to create. Ages 6--14. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Haring, Keith -- Juvenile literature.
Haring, Keith.
Artists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Artists -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Gay artists -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Gay artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Pop art -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Pop art -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Artists -- Biography.
Biographies.
Publisher Brooklyn, NY :2020
Other Titles Story of Keith Haring
Contributors Cochran, Josh, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 33 cm
Bibliography Notes Included bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781592702671
1592702678
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