27 Nov. - 19 Dec. 2021

Opera Gallery is delighted to present ‘Keith Haring: Art in Action’, an immersive solo exhibition that celebrates Haring and his legacy, by remembering the spaces and places made special by Haring and his iconic drawings. Undeniably one of the most influential artists of his time, Haring shook up the art world one street drawing at a time and the buzz never really went away.

This is remembrance, an ode to an 80s New York full of possibilities, dreams and unstoppable creativity. Right in the center of this booming street culture was a group of artists who believed in art as a response to life itself, as a means of representing its grandness and intricacies in the frenetic rhythm of the time. Keith Haring was an integral part of this movement by occupying and engaging with underground scenes, creating art for causes that were close to humanity.

The streets and subway stations were Haring’s canvases, as he started devoting himself to lining the walls with his unmissable imageries and universal line-work, alive with playful kinetic energy. The idea was simple - to bring art closer to people, to create a pictorial vocabulary that can be comprehended by all, regardless of age, language and background. Beyond just drawings, Haring’s art symbolised his stance on post-modern currents of the time and opened dialogues on love, sexuality, war, politics, AIDS and drug-awareness - conversations that continued through his prolific art career. The result was like a light in darker times, inspiring a whole generation of people to believe in art, life, and how both intertwined.

Anyone who watched Haring create his compositions would remark that he did them beautifully, spontaneously with a rhythm - with music and 80s hip-hop in particular as soundtrack that inspired the visual exuberance and movements. He embraced chance and speed in art, whether it was in the subway, at the studio or setting up his ‘Pop Shop’ exhibitions. Haring chased his creative impulses, incessantly, brilliantly, with every line that he drew, culminating in his art becoming almost child-like and curious both in style and execution. He painted everywhere, time and time again, representing the spirit of his era with his intensity and originality.

It is with pleasure that we invite you to join us in the gallery as we let Keith Haring’s greatest creations take us back to 80s New York, made remarkable by his exhilarating world of lines, symbols and iconoclastic expression that remain timeless and relevant for generations to come.

Keith Haring

Untitled
8.8.88
ink on paper
70 x 100 cm | 27.6 x 39.4 in

Keith Haring

Untitled (Pop Shop Drawings)
1985
Ink on paper
27,9 x 35,6 cm | 11 x 14 in

Keith Haring

Untitled (Pop Shop Drawings)
1985
Ink on paper
27,9 x 35,6 cm | 11 x 14 in

Keith Haring

Untitled (Pop Shop Drawings)
1985
Ink on paper
27,9 x 35,6 cm | 11 x 14 in

Children know something that most people have forgotten.
- Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Untitled (Lil Keith)
1988
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm | 24 x 24 in

Keith Haring

Untitled
1983
Ink on paper
47 x 66 cm | 18,5 x 26 in

I am intrigued with the shapes People choose as their symbols to create a language. There is within all forms a basic structure, an indication of the entire object with a minimum of lines that become a symbol. This is common to all languages, all people, all times.
- Keith Haring, Journal entry, 1979

Keith Haring

Totem d'acrobates
1987
Painted aluminium
60 x 24 cm | 23.6 x 9.4 in

Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.
- Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Untitled
1988
Sumi ink on paper
73 x 102 cm | 28.7 x 40.2 in

Keith Haring


Untitled
June 10, 1984
Acrylic on canvas
238,8 x 477,5 cm I 94 x 188 in

Art is nothing if you don’t reach every segment of the people.
- Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Untitled
1983
Sumi ink on paper
58,4 x 73,7 cm I 23 x 29 in

I was always totally amazed that the people I would meet while I was doing them were really, really concerned with what they meant. The first thing anyone asked me, no matter how old, no matter who they were, was, ‘What does it mean?’

- Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Untitled
1989
Marker on 20-month calendar, November page
30 x 35,5 cm | 11.8 x 14 in

Portrait of Keith Haring, © Getty images
Portrait of Keith Haring, © Getty images

Keith Haring

Roger in the Flowers
1987
Signed, titled and dated on the reverse Gouache, watercolor and ink on paper
35.6 x 50.2 cm | 14 x 19.8 in

Keith Haring

Untitled (Heart Face)
1984
Acrylic on Styrofoam panel
66 x 70,5 cm | 26 x 27.8 in

Keith Haring

Untitled
1982
Red lumber crayon on Stonehenge paper
127 x 96,5 cm | 50 x 38 in

Keith Haring

Spaceship with Ray
1980
Signed, inscribed, dated and stamped on the reverse Ink, enamel, and spray paint on paper
122 x 116 cm | 48 x 45.7 in