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NEW YORK — A horde of downtown cognoscenti braved single-digit temperatures last Wednesday to pay tribute to Keith Haring at Deitch Project’s exhibition of the late artist’s sculptures. The 13 pieces reflect the two-dimensional graffiti work for which Haring is best known: brightly colored stick figures living harmoniously.
Only one of the sculptures was actually built by the artist himself (a self-portrait in green). In the months preceding his death in 1989, Haring made meticulous plans for the construction of the rest of the unfinished pieces. They are being shown for the first time at Deitch Projects, save the self-portrait, which was previously exhibited at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
“Keith and I had been friends for a long time in the Eighties,” said Jeffrey Deitch, whose gallery works closely with the Keith Haring Foundation and is its sole representation in the U.S. Also in attendance was Lindy Roy, the architect behind New York’s Vitra design store, who created the platform that supports Haring’s ecstatic sculptures.
“The idea was to make something that was like a plaza and just put all of them on there,” she explained, “so it becomes a dancing, alive space.”