The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)
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Critic Reviews for The Universe of Keith Haring
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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.
Audience Reviews for The Universe of Keith Haring
Beyond the nostalgia I felt in revisiting the era and my own NY memories from the 80s, this doc really had some amazing footage, some exceptional interviews, including the artists himself. I learned a lot about Haring's process, especially his commitment to large-scale murals after he got famous. It was an amazing (and ultimately) tragic time. He obviously touch a lot of people before his death from AIDS. I was one of them.
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