Quotes from “Keith Haring Journals”

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There is an audience that is being ignored, but they are not necessarily ignorant. They are open to art when it is open to them.

Seeing is making.

My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can.

Computers are completely rational. They save time and money, they can keep records of every transaction (telephone, bank, etc.). Money is the opposite of magic. Art is magic.

I suppose people reading this expect me to write about my work and try to explain what it is I am trying to say, but I really prefer if the work speaks for itself.

The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.

Nothing is important… so, everything is important.

I don’t understand anything. That is, I think, the key to understanding everything.

I think I always sensed it and understood it intuitively, but it is difficult to explain.

I tried, as much as I could, to take a new position, a different attitude about selling things, by doing things in public and by doing commercial things that go against the ideas of the “commodity-hype” art market. However, even these things are co-opted and seen by some as mere advertising for my saleable artworks. I fear there is no way out of this trap.

If you refuse to sell anything you are a non-entity.

The art market is one of the most dangerous, parasitic, corrupt organizations in the world.

I have found the public quite anxious to accept and appreciate my work, while the bourgeois and the “critical art world” is much less receptive and feel themselves to be “above” such work.

Artists pretend to be independent. Artists are, of course, allowed little liberties and even encouraged to be “subversive” and “political”; this only makes the control less obvious while in actuality it is strengthened.

The computer has totally changed the whole concept of what composes and defines a “picture space.” The whole relation between the creator and the viewer has changed. The relationship between the physical gesture of drawing and the resultant image has changed.

My style of drawing is very adaptable to technology. It’s really primitive high-tech.