Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Keith Haring documentary......the further it went on, the less respect I had for him

"The Universe of Keith Haring" is the one in question. Basically, it chronicles the life of a suburban paper boy who went to the big city, cashed in on black graffiti artists, and whored himself out to the rich and famous.

Of course, I might be a little judgmental here. The big betrayal that I saw had to do with his turning his back on his early avant-garde art experience in New York City and becoming Keith Haring® the brand, famous because he did graffiti like stuff. Paling around with Andy Warhol, not making sketches before doing his work, not a lot of interest in adult questions.... Introducing his hispanic lovers to his parents as being his bodyguards....

I, quite frankly, don't buy it. I don't buy the Keith Haring as genius myth.

1 comment:

Lorraine said...

Seems like everything is a registered trademark these days.