October 12 2021: Hyperallergic: A Keith Haring Mural Is Unexpectedly Unveiled in Manhattan
Thanks to Valentina Di Liscia at Hyperallergic for highlighting my portraits of Keith Haring, which are currently on view at the New York City Center in conjunction with "Fiorucci Walls," a mural painted by Haring in collaboration with LA II (Angel Ortiz) in 1983.
"Outside Shuman Lounge, a series of black-and-white portraits of Haring by Jeannette Montgomery Barron complement the mural’s presentation. Barron photographed the artist in his Lower Broadway studio in spring 1985. She captures Haring immersed in his own artwork, surrounded by his distinctive designs and wearing a t-shirt printed with the message “Free South Africa,” based on a painting supporting the anti-apartheid movement. His expressive personality is also on display.
'Every inch of the walls was covered with his drawings, done with magic marker, so it couldn’t have been easier to decide on the setting,' Barron said. 'He immediately went through the motions, like a model, without prompting. All I had to do was catch the right moment.'
Unveiled just in time for the theater’s Fall for Dance Festival and the anticipated return to in-person performances after over a year of pandemic-related challenges, “Fiorucci Walls” and Barron’s photographs will be up through 2022."