The Universe of Keith Haring (2007)
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Artist and designer Keith Haring created work that bridged the gap between high art and pop culture during his short but influential career. Haring's simple outline drawings of characters without features were often loaded with meaning even if they seemed outwardly naïve, and while his canvases hung in major art galleries, his work was also embraced by pop musicians such as Grace Jones and Duran Duran, he created murals for public installations, and his illustrations adorned T-shirts and
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It is the passion and commitment we see in the artist himself that makes the most lasting impression.
Utilizing copious film footage of her puckish subject and new interviews with Haring's contemporaries, gallerists and mentors, director Christina Clausen makes her fascinating movie as big-hearted, city-centric and energetic as its subject.
As directed by Rome-based Christina Clausen, the film is loving but shallow. We learn a lot about minor details of Haring's life (his dad helped him deliver newspapers in Kutztown) but little about what makes his art so popular.
Keith Haring was not a great artist. He might not even have been a very good one. But he was the right person in the right place at the right time.
Equally a portrait of the artist and a portrait of a decade, this celebratory documentary makes the short, accelerated life of Keith Haring (1958-1990) inseparable from that short, accelerated period we know as '80s New York.
The archive footage reveals a deadpan sense of humour and a surreal and marvellous indifference to the ghastly trappings of fame.
If this really is the universe of Keith Haring, it's a strangely sterile one. Which is never a word you could apply to his work.
...digs under the artist's pop veneer and goes all the way to the surface, finding some kind of meaning in simplicity.
Christina Clausen's documentary is a briskly paced, affectionate tribute which makes full use of interviews with Haring intimates (although I could have done without that introductory artsy zeroing in on the interviewees' eyeballs).
The Universe of Keith Haring is content to slide on hagiography and shortchange cultural critique.
Although first-time director Christina Clausen presents this era of bad art, bad music and boring celebrities without judging it, we can't help but feel we are witnessing the last party in the mansion of pop art before its imminent collapse.
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