I would think by now that it’s a well known fact that I love public art, and so it must come at no surprise that I absolutely love Keith Haring’s “Self Portrait” on view at Astor Place. This 1989 sculpture is in a series of 7 that was created on year before he died of aids related complications, but also in the same year that his foundation was established. “Self-Portrait” is a larger than life version of his well known drawings that once covered the subways of New York as well as various public spaces and club bathrooms. He was deeply connected to the East Village, and so it makes sense for this sculpture to grace one of the corners of Astor Place. Much of his career was dedicated to creating art in public spaces away from the museums and galleries and so I love that this sculpture is out for public view rather than tucked away in a private collection.
"Summer 2017" at @erincluleygallery is in full swing. Stop by to view the amazing artworks by thirteen different artists that Cluley has curated. Image: Anna Membrino, “Stack”, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 44 x 55 inches
Larry Poons “#15 ”
Acrylic on canvas (115 X 93 inches)
Anderson Collection at Stanford University - Stanford, California
Gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence