Keith Haring at the Brooklyn Museum Through the Lens of Martha Cooper

By - Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Last week legendary photographer and 12ozProphet blogger Martha Cooper was at the gala opening for the Brooklyn Museum’s latest show dedicated to the early works of Keith Haring. Cooper is widely known for her photographs of the early graffiti scene in the 1980’s and had famously captured Haring in action on the Houston and Bowery wall. She was able to relate to the works in the show as many of his other friends and contemporaries in attendance that night could. “The Brooklyn Museum celebrated their big, new Keith Haring show with a gala opening on Wednesday. Many fellow artists, friends, celebrities and art world peeps were in attendance. The exhibit focuses on Keith’s early career 1978-1982 and includes all kinds of large and small works seldom seen before. There’s an entire room of chalk drawings peeled from subway signboards and charming, early videos of Keith at work. Personally I felt that LA2 deserved more recognition than just a mention on one panel and, I admit, I was disappointed not to see Subway Art among all the graffiti and street art books in the museum shop. But the show, which will be up until July 8, is a must-see.” – Martha Cooper “Here are a few of my own photos—not in the show.”

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