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Keith Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990)

Keith Allen Haring was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war.
Born: May 4, 1958, Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 16, 1990, New York City, New York, United States
Education: School of Visual Arts
Lived: 676 Broadway
Buried: in a field near Bowers, Pennsylvania (ashes)
Find A Grave Memorial# 3479
Medium: Screen printing
Periods: Contemporary art, Pop art
Influenced by: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Walt Disney, more

Today Bowers is a stable community with many of the properties remaining in the possession of descendants of early settlers until quite recently. Edwin DeLong's grand farmhouse was occupied by his grandson, William DeLong and his wife Jane, until her death in 1996. George Grim's auto dealership, built on his father's farm, is still owned by George's son. Other properties like the large mansions along Old Bowers Road did not remain in family ownership over time, but their occupants were distinguished in other ways. One of these mansions was the childhood home of the famed artist Keith Haring in the 1960s. A small housing development, built in the 1960s, stands on the edge of the village core and houses nearly half of the village's present population but is not a significant visual disruption in the landscape. Haring died on February 16, 1990. On March 3 a pair of memorials were held in Berks County. A church service, his parents' choice, took place in Bowers. An open-air service, his friends' choice, occurred on a hill near Kutztown. In an episode retold in John Gruen's 1991 oral biography, more than 40 people, invited by longtime friend Kermit Oswald, distributed Haring's ashes around one of his childhood meditation spots.



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Keith Haring’s second studio was at 676 Broadway, on the fifth floor.



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/6228297
Amazon (print): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1532901909/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IZ1BU9K/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

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