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Artwork of Keith Haring comes to Loyola's Diboll Gallery

October 30, 2009

The colorful and vibrant mastery of the late New York City artist Keith Haring will be the subject of the next exhibit on display in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery at Loyola University New Orleans.

“Keith Haring: A Print Retrospective 1982 – 1990,” runs Thursday, Nov. 5 through Jan. 29, 2010. An opening reception will kick off the show that day at 5 p.m.

Born in Pennsylvania, Keith Haring developed an interest in art at a young age. He set out to reach the widest possible audience with his early drawings in subways and quickly gained recognition in the art world with his stylized figures. His images often contradict their simple appearance and contain highly politicized messages, pertaining to issues such as poverty, religion and oppression.

Haring, who died of AIDS at age 31, was a tireless AIDS activist whose art often depicted the illness from his own unique perspective. Haring’s imagery has become a universally recognized visual language of the 20th century. The Keith Haring Foundation, established in 1989, continues his legacy of giving to AIDS organizations and children’s programs.

The Haring exhibit is on loan from the collection of Loyola alumni Stuart H. Smith, J.D., ’86, and Barry J. Cooper, Jr. MBA, ’94, J.D., ’00. Smith and Cooper began collecting Haring’s work in 1997 when they moved to the New Orleans French Quarter, and they continue to add to this collection today.

The exhibition is supported by the John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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