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Keith Haring

Untitled (Subway Drawing)

  • Year1981
  • MaterialChalk on paper, original subway frame made of glass fiber reinforced plastic
  • Dimensions125 x 173 cm
  • Year of acquisition2019
  • Inventory numberUAB 1217
  • 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

Seth Price, Vintage Bomber, UAB 1219aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Seth Price Vintage Bomber, 2006
Alexandra Bircken, New Model Army, 2016, UAB 1107aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Alexandra Bircken New Model Army, 2016
Werkabbildung Cy Twombly, Bacchanalia - Fall (5 Days in November), 1977 im Museum Brandhorst in München Teil der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Bacchanalia – Fall (5 Days in November), 1977
Cy Twombly , Lepanto VI, 2001, UAB 474Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto VI, 2001
Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975, UAB 529aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen (Alphanso Panell), 1975
Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975, UAB 526aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen (Alphanso Panell), 1975