Reading Public Museum hosts Keith Haring exhibition

Keith Haring

Keith Haring ‘Symbolic Gestures’ exhibition photo courtesy of Reading Public Museum

READING, Pa. – This year marks the 40th anniversary of Keith Haring’s first solo exhibition, which was held at the Pittsburgh Arts and Craft Center in 1978. The Reading Public Museum, where the “hometown” artist first exhibited his work in 1976, has mounted an exhibition of paintings, prints, and sculptures from all phases of Haring’s career. Titled “Symbolic Gestures,” the exhibition will run through April 15.

Born in Reading in 1958 and raised in nearby Kutztown, Pa., Keith Haring went on to become one of the most influential artists of his generation, making his mark as both a graffiti artist and, later, a fine artist. Haring enlisted a language of visual symbols that embodied the essence of his age—televisions, radiant babies, barking dogs, hearts, pyramids, etc. — all of which became universally recognizable.

Keith Haring

Keith Haring ‘Symbolic Gestures’ exhibition photo courtesy of Reading Public Museum

Early works from the dawn of Haring’s career as well as works from the artist’s Pop Shop (1987, 1988), Chocolate Buddha (1989), and Icons (1990) series are included in the exhibition.

Haring died in 1990 at the age of 31.

For more information about the Keith Haring “Symbolic Gestures” exhibition, visit the Reading Public Museum online.

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