The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)


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"The Universe of Keith Haring", one of the most popular and significant artists of the 20th century, whose mantra was "Art is for everyone!" features interviews and archival footage of Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Kim Hastreiter, Grace Jones, Madonna, Yoko Ono, David LaChapelle, Kenny Scharf, Carlo McCormick, Andy Warhol, Ann Magnuson, Tony Shafrazi, and Junior Vasquez. Audio excerpts from original interviews with Keith Haring were conducted by Haring's biographer John Gruen.

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It is the passion and commitment we see in the artist himself that makes the most lasting impression.

Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 22, 2008 | Full Review…

Warmly affectionate yet curiously hollow.

Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…
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