Illustration of a yellow "batman" with wings and an X on its chest on a purple background
©HARING FOUNDATION www.pop-shop.com
Keith Haring's Batman is a well known illustration that he often featured in street art and murals. Inspired by popular cartoonists Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney, Haring's Batman is a simplistic character with wings and the letter "X" across his chest.
Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an artist and social activist from Pennsylvania whose work was influenced by the New York City street culture and graffiti art of the 1980s. A 1997 Vanity Fair article states that "some of his most characteristic imagery involved figures twirling around and playing together, happy but never aimless." Since Haring's death from AIDS-related illness in 1990, images he created that speak about racism, drug addiction, AIDS awareness and tolerance have become iconic.
The Keith Haring Foundation was established in 1989, and it concentrates in 2 areas of giving: “the support of organizations which provide educational opportunities to underprivileged children and the support of organizations which engage in education, prevention and care with respect to AIDS and HIV infection.”