Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1960
Warhol is generally remembered for relishing a financial and critical renaissance during the 1980s, mainly thanks to who he was chumming around with– lots of hip Neo-Expressionists like Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He’s also pretty famous for dying during the decade; the cause — post-operative complications suffered while recovering from a routine gallbladder surgery.
Happy Birthday Jean-Michel Basquiat
Later that same year, Haring moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA). In New York, Haring found a thriving alternative art community that was developing outside the gallery and museum system, in the downtown streets, the subways and spaces in clubs and former dance halls. Here he became friends with fellow artists Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as the musicians, performance artists and graffiti writers that comprised the burgeoning art community. Haring was swept up in the energy and spirit of this scene and began to organize and participate in exhibitions and performances at Club 57 and other alternative venues.
Since his death, Haring has been the subject of several international retrospectives. The work of Keith Haring can be seen today in the exhibitions and collections of major museums around the world.