Analysis Of Keith Haring 's Untitled And Death Were All Common Staples Of The 1980s

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Floppy disks, hairspray and death were all common staples of the 1980s. The 80’s gay youth carry the title of being the Aids Generation as it saw the evolution of a disease into a worldwide plague. As entire communities were stricken with death and despair, homosexuals and heterosexuals alike faced the issue of cultural taboos when discussing their condition. The inspired shame and consequent silence slowed the healing and prevention of the HIV-Virus among the victimized communities. To fight the world’s ignorance and provide a means of outreach, artists branched out into non-traditional mediums such as street art to force attentiveness to the Aids crisis. Graffiti artist Keith Haring’s “Untitled” murals and graffiti deserve recognition as an important movement in Aids awareness. This medium fought censorship issues and brought to the public themes and social values that were previously not discussed and in some cases discouraged. The historical-literary formalist analyses of a sample of his mainstream works of art show that through an attention to technique and rhythm, Haring has established an iconic style of art world wide. Despite his early death by Aids he continues to be the voice of a generation that was stolen too soon. That same voice continues to promote awareness to the public health epidemic of the 20th century.
One formalist point to analyze art as a text is to discuss the social issues that inspired or may have hindered its progress. Keith Haring’s public…

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