Recently I was scrolling through old blog posts and I came this post featuring the photography of David Sims in the November 2009 issue of French Vogue. At the time I didn’t pay attention to the photographer, so I wanted to fully credit him. I also wanted to take another opportunity share these great images with you! I looooooove the hand written typography on the cover and throughout the issue. The picture above doesn’t quite do the cover justice as the text is gold foiled and shines beautifully in person.
Check out the hand drawn typography (above) for this Keith Haring inspired editorial. Influences of Haring’s work can be seen in countless places today. Currently the Brooklyn Museum has a retrospective of Haring’s work on display until July 8th – so if you’re in NYC this summer, definitely check it out.
Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century. Tracing the development of Haring’s extraordinary visual vocabulary, the exhibition includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs.
The exhibition chronicles the period in Haring’s career from his arrival in New York City through the years when he started his studio practice and began making public and political art on the city streets. Immersing himself in New York’s downtown culture, he quickly became a fixture on the artistic scene, befriending other artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, as well as many of the most innovative cultural figures of the period. -BAM
Keith Haring by Annie Leibovitz -1986
One of my favorite examples of a contemporary Haring reference is Rihanna’s Rude Boy video.
Notice the influence between the French Vogue editorial and Haring?
Hope you enjoyed this post, half throw back, half something new. It’s important people realize where work in this style comes from and not to forget the themes Keith Haring depicted in his work, such as street culture of NYC in the 80’s and the flight of HIV/AIDs. All props go to Keith and go to BAM this summer to see his work in person.