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Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring

By: Matthew Burgess

Illustrator: Josh Cochran

Truly devoted to the idea of public art, Haring created murals wherever he went.

I would love to be a teacher because I love children and I think that not enough people respect children or understand how important they are. I have done many projects with children of all ages. —Keith Haring

From Matthew Burgess, the much-acclaimed author of Enormous Smallness, comes Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring. Often seen drawing in white chalk on the matte black paper of unused advertising space in the subway, Haring’s iconic pop art and graffiti-like style transformed the New York City underground in the 1980s. A member of the LGBTQ community, Haring died tragically at the age of thirty-one from AIDS-related complications. Illustrated in paint by Josh Cochran, himself a specialist in bright, dense, conceptual drawings, this honest, celebratory book honors Haring’s life and art, along with his very special connection with kids.

Biographical note, with photograph. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Quotation sources. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781592702671

JLG Release: Oct 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics:

Keith Haring (1958–1990) , Biography , Twentieth-century US artists , Drawing , Pop art , LGBTQ , New York City , Public art , AIDS (disease)

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Two colorful picture-book biographies celebrate the life and art of Keith Haring. In Drawing on Walls, much of the focus is on Haring’s art-making as a child and the connection he felt with children throughout his career. Art Is Life is more concerned with his inspiration and process, focusing on a few of the artists who influenced him and the ef Two colorful picture-book biographies celebrate the life and art of Keith Haring. In Drawing on Walls, much of the focus is on Haring’s art-making as a child and the connection he felt with children throughout his career. Art Is Life is more concerned with his inspiration and process, focusing on a few of the artists who influenced him and the effect he had on New York City’s creative scene. Burgess includes more biographical information in his longer text, while Lewis favors a shorter and more lyrical style that conveys the feeling of Haring’s work rather than details of his life. Negley’s mixed-media approach is more graphic, while Cochran uses a childlike cartoonish scrawl, but both illustrators emulate the energy of Haring’s style in dynamic spreads with bold colors and lines. Both include additional biographical information, with Brown’s author’s note filling in much of the detail of Haring’s life. The illustrators’ notes discuss Haring’s outsized influence, with both illustrators describing very personal connections to his work. These two books complement each other, with Burgess’s the more traditional picture-book biography and Brown’s perhaps better suited as a first introduction to Haring or an energetic read-aloud. LAURA KOENIG

Book Details

ISBN

9781592702671

First Release

October 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

12 1/2" 9 1/2"

Page Count

64

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Enchanted Lion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Keith Haring (1958–1990), Biography, Twentieth-century US artists, Drawing, Pop art, LGBTQ, New York City, Public art, AIDS (disease),

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