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On May 3 1987, Keith Haring is in Paris and celebrates his birthday among friends and with his partner Juan Rivera. At this occasion he shares a painting about friendship. His comment is based on his quote “touching people’s life in a positive way is a close as I get to an idea of religion” and “it’s important to be in love with life”.

He knew his life was threatened by the prospect of AIDS and he decided to make the most of his time to work and share his art.

 

James Rosenquist was at the party and made a toast which was according to Haring “something like : there was once an artist named Haring whose line was never wearing and also daring and also intend on sharing.”

 

Niki de St Phalle was among his friends as well as her husband Jean Tinguely. Her comment is based on her quote “It's my destiny to make a place where people can come and be happy: a garden of joy”.

 

Sources:

Keith Haring Journals

Artnet

Keith idea of religion, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 14" x 11" (36 x 28 cm)

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