The Keith Haring Party Goes On
Last night would have been Keith Haring’s 53rd birthday. The late Pop artist, alas, is no longer around to celebrate, but the Gladstone Gallery’s new show, which includes rarely seen drawings from his sketchbooks, brought out friends and family to toast his life and work. “It’s a big occasion,” said gallerist Barbara Gladstone. “His sketchbooks have never been seen…it’s a revelation, it’s really like an index. You can see what he was thinking and what he would do and what his thought process was.”
“It almost made me nostalgic for when New York was this wide open space for artists,” said Paper magazine’s Carlo McCormick, who’d known Haring in the eighties. “I have really fond memories of the energy—you’d see these rich people come from Europe in their limos and then from uptown and they’d be mixing with a bunch of really degenerate people and weaving their way through junkies. Keith’s sense of having a party was all-inclusive that way.”
So was the party in his honor, held after the opening at Del Posto: Haring’s parents and sister rubbed elbows with downtown fixtures like Debbie Harry (above, with Gladstone), artist Cory Arcangel, and Thelma Golden. The dress code? Pop-y and Haring-bright, of course. Harry chose a red and white polka-dot top, bright red leggings, and snakeskin skirt and bag for the occasion. And José Freire of TEAM Gallery (who pronounced the Haring drawings “shocking—because they’re so good”) stepped out in a landscape-printed coat by the Japanese avant-gardist Miharayasuhiro. “This is its New York debut,” he said proudly.
Keith Haring runs until July 1 at Gladstone Gallery, 530 W. 21st St., NYC, www.gladstonegallery.com.