POP Haring: Symbols and Icons

1 April - 29 April 2006

The iconic work of Keith Haring is immediately recognisable – many of his images created in the 1980s are now symbols of modern life. Using an easily accessible pictorial language, Haring used his art to communicate, to describe humanity and to address important social issues which were destabilising society.

In this exhibition, STPI presented a total of 34 works on paper- 27 loaned from the Estate of Keith Haring in New York, and 7 from private collectors in Singapore. The works on display, selected for their powerful, symbolic imagery and electrifying colours, include the famous Icons series. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to see first hand why Haring is loved by all, especially children.

Haring expressed universal concepts such as birth, death, love, sex and war, and tackled issues such as AIDS and racism, yet his use of line and directness of message made his imagery hugely accessible. His public art in subways, hospitals and orphanages reached out to the masses. When he succumbed to AIDS and died at the age of 31, in his short 10-year career Haring had become one of the most well-known artist of his generation and his imagery was a universally recognised visual language of the 20th century.

The Annual Special Exhibitions at STPI Gallery gives audiences in South-East Asia and Singapore the rare opportunity to encounter a remarkable scope of works on paper created by the most significant artists of modern and contemporary art history. Talks and programmes are designed to provide insight into the various themes and practices of the artists represented. Past exhibitions include the late American artist Robert Motherwell and Keith Haring.