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Keith Haring

Untitled (Subway Drawing)

  • Year1983
  • MaterialChalk on paper, original subway frame made of glass fiber reinforced plastic
  • Dimensions221 x 114.3 cm
  • Year of acquisition2012
  • Inventory numberUAB 1120
  • On viewGround floor

More about the artwork

Keith Haring came to New York in 1978 on a scholarship from the School of Visual Arts. Inspired by the graffiti scattered throughout the city, he developed his own calligraphic drawing style. His main motifs, always drawn in one go and always as a mere outline, are genderless figures, crawling babies—for him the “purest and most positive experience of human life”—and strange animal creatures. Although his figures seem carefree, Haring always addressed existential political and social issues, such as the fight for equal rights, irrespective of origin, skin color, or sexual orientation. During a subway ride, Haring noticed a blank advertising space covered in black paper, the ideal spot for his drawings. Three of the many thousand drawings left as artworks in public space are part of the Brandhorst Collection. One of these three “Subway Drawings” even features the poster originally glued next to it: an advertising billboard for a 3D film fittingly entitled “The Man Who Wasn't There.” It seems unlikely that such drawings would survive, but as Haring has stated: “because they were so fragile, people left them alone and respected them; they didn’t rub them out or try to mess them up. It gave them this other power. It was this chalk-white fragile thing in the middle of all this power and tension and violence that the subway was.”

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly , Lepanto III, 2001, UAB 471aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto III, 2001
Werkabbildung zu 'Rebecca' von Lucy McKenzie aus der Ausstellung 'Lucy McKenzie - Prime Suspect' im Museum Brandhorst
Lucy McKenzie Rebecca, 2019
Werkabbildung zu 'May of Teck' von Lucy McKenzie aus der Ausstellung 'Lucy McKenzie - Prime Suspect' im Museum Brandhorst
Lucy McKenzie May of Teck, 2010
Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol, Michael Auder, 1971/1994, UAB 1094aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Michel Auder Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol, 1971/1994
Alexandra Bircken, New Model Army, 2016, UAB 1104aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Alexandra Bircken New Model Army, 2016
Andy Warhol, Shadows, ca. 1978, UAB 559aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Shadows, ca. 1978