Thursday, September 22, 2016

Artist Layouts: Keith Haring

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(1) When I first got here in '78, the trains and the art on the trains — the full cars — was sort of at an incredible peak. 

(2) And there was — you could go in the subway for 15 minutes and see better art than you could see all day long in the gallery. 

(3) Taking it off the pedestal. I’m giving it back to the people, I guess.

(4)  It was this chalk-white fragile thing in the middle of all this power and tension and violence that the subway was. People were completely enthralled.

(5) Even if it's only up for one day, it's already been seen by enough people to justify its existence, or justify the time I spent making it.

(6) No matter how long you work, it’s always going to end sometime. 

(7) And there’s always going to be things left undone. And it wouldn’t matter if you lived until you were seventy-five. There would still be new ideas. Everything I’m doing right now is exactly what I want to do.

(8) After a certain number of people have seen it, it's already fulfilled its purpose, really. 

(9) All of the things that you make are a kind of quest for immortality.

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