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Keith Haring, the incomprès home that will know how to turn art into a popular thing

«Tothom, who is a proclaimed artist, must understand that the public is in need of art and not limited to being a bourgeois art for a few privileges and ignoring the masses. L’art is per a tothom». Dir-ho amb this clarity is not generally easy and faces menys to carry-ho to the practice end to the last consequences. Keith Haring (1958-1990) is once one of the most popular artists in the world, more than 30 years after his death, and one of the favorite creators of the children’s public. At home he has also entered fort the most of my fill and has been the perfect excuse to become a charismatic figure and with a very special relationship with Barcelona.

I escape Diagonal Amunt to arrive at the building of the ancient Ateneu de Sant Gervasi. The property is expected to be built by s’enderroqui y s’hi a geriatric residence. For the time being, I have kept one of the low-ranking workers open for more than 40 years for a serraller of those who are no longer in the big city. The low end of the summer ends at the Ars Billiards Club and he faces the preservation of one of the two murals that Keith Haring is going to paint in Barcelona on one of his trips to Europe, a year away from his tragic death due to AIDS. Paradoxically, there is little written material by the author and, for example, his seu llibre Diaris de el is out of print and there is a second copy that is a very precious jewel. In change, the documentaries are a good way of access to the seva figure of him. A good example is 30 positive years, co-produced by TV3 in 2020 and in which among the three authors the music journalist Lulú Martorell stands out, who for two years is also going to dare to become a singer per retre homage to the musician and poet Pepe You go out.

The documentary recovers in detail the stay in the Catalan capital of Haring and his friend Gil Vázquez, former president of the Haring Foundation. At that time, l’Ars was one of the fashionable clubs in Barcelona and on it could escort l’acid house, the North American artist’s favorite music. While Vázquez punxava, Haring will paint at the back of the booth a home with a cap of a flower, which will become, from aleshores, the symbol of the place. It is a good example of Haring’s characteristic style, with the seve lines of drawings of him conveying a state of movement that, in this case, would be the ball house. The mural does not run perill and the first intention of our owners is that it is not mogui of the current location and may be visited in the future.

Haring is going to use the green paint mateixa that he had left over in the matí, when he had created a great mural in the Raval of Barcelona, ​​aleshores conegut with the xino neighborhood. By chance, he had met in the Catalan capital with Montse Guillén, owner of a restaurant in New York, where he went together with Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat. It will be her who is going to suggest a mural to Barcelona with him in other cities and she is going to accept both the only condition of escollir l’espai. The artist is going to open the Plaça Salvador Seguí, which at that time was a drug and prostitution channel, selflessly showing the mural Tots together we can stop AIDS. The transformation of the Raval will force it to be saved and subsequently reproduced in a formigó wall to play at MACBA.

Haring’s greatest lesson is that he will always understand art as a popular and public thing and that he should pose for the supply of everything, with a special devotion for children. For some time he will start on the New York subway and after his departure, in 1986 he will open a countercurrent shop in Soho to market her decorative arts with her seves popular figures. Avui that botiga perviu to the xarxa amb el domini pop-shop.com. This transgressive vision is not going to be endorsed by the great artistic institutions, which consider that this popular vocation places it on a second level. Fortunately, his pseudonym has risen to the altars of the great artists of the late 20th century and his six exhibitions around the world set attendance records. Barcelona also deserves retrobar-se amb l’artista amb a great retrospective.

Economist and journalist
Nascut to Guissona, porta més de mitja vida to the Camp de Tarragona. He saw Els Garidells, with him he had a small hazelnut farm with his family, from where he has moved every day to work in Barcelona as the commercial director of a Catalan insurance company. He is going to start his professional career in journalism at the Diari de Tarragona.

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