Wikipedia says the late Keith Haring’s “imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century.” I don’t know about that, specifically, but I can tell you that for me it is iconic, it represents the time I came of age. (And Haring too: he was just five years younger than me.)
So I’d like to recommend that if you are going to be in San Francisco between now and 16 February 2015, stop in and see “The Political Line”—
Keith Haring: The Political Line has its US premiere at the de Young and is the first major Haring show on the West Coast in nearly two decades. Many of the works are on loan from the Keith Haring Foundation, New York, with supplemental loans from public and private collections. Several pieces have not been published or on public view since the artist’s death, in 1990.
I fully recognize Haring’s art might not be for everyone but … I love it. It’s so … alive! So full of movement! It’s familiar but still feels fresh. Drop in at the Keith Haring Foundation and cycle through the photos there and you’ll see what I mean.