A major new exhibition opened at Tate Liverpool last night. Keith Haring was an artist and activist in New York throughout the eighties. Initially famed for chalk outline drawings on subway advertising boards he quickly moved on to much larger pieces, making commentary on the issues of the day. Highlighting the spread of AIDS and promoting safe sex whilst railing against the media, racism, homophobia and neo-nazis.
The work is incredibly vibrant and has a great sense of movement and depth. I had been familiar with some of his work for some time, his stylized stick men will be known to many, but was unaware of how deep and varied his work was. It really is a fantastic body of work, brought into focus by his untimely death in 1990 aged just 31.
The exhibition features 85 artworks and includes video, music and photographs and runs until 10th November. Go see!
With summer almost here (or almost gone if you’re that type of person ;-) .) Here’s a post I wrote a couple of months ago that may give you a few suggestions about what to do on a day off.
I hope you enjoy it.
Nina-A Story About Me And Nina Simone is on this week at the Unity Theatre.
Devised by Dritero Kasapi and Josette Bushell-Mingo the show blends superb music, brilliant singing and righteous anger against continuing racism and violence against the black communities across the world. From 60s civil rights struggles to the present day, it’s a thought-provoking and at times an uncomfortable ride. Delivered to perfection by Josette Bushell-Mingo it’s a tour de force performance packed with the best of Nina Simone’s substantial back catalogue.The production, music and lighting are fantastic. It’s showing tonight and until Saturday. If you can get a ticket go along it’s superb.
@unitytheatre or http://www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk for details
Performance photos by Simon Annand.