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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Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for The Universe of Keith Haring

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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It is the passion and commitment we see in the artist himself that makes the most lasting impression.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
New York Post
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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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2008
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2008
Village Voice
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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.

Nick Demartino
Nick Demartino

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