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After witnessing the proliferation of cocaine in his old neighborhood, rock music manager and concert promoter, Bill Graham, organized the ‘Crack-Down’ concert. That October of 1986, artists preforming at ‘Crack-Down’ included Run-D.M.C., the Allman Brothers Band, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Santana. Keith Haring’s poster for the event presents a behemoth orange foot crushing a heavy-lined crack pipe, a testament to the jarring scene when Graham observed a newsstand selling ‘I Love NY’ glass pipes in the Bronx.
Gundel, Marc, 'Keith Haring: Short Messages: Posters,' Munich: Prestel, 2002, pg. 91, no. 40.
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Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990) was an artist and activist who became a star of the 1980s New York City art scene. Along with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haring was a central figure in Andy Warhol's creative and social circle. Through his public murals and subway drawings, as well as his prints and paintings, Haring created a range of images that have become internationally recognized and heavily iconicized across a bevy of genres and industries.