Keith Haring may be fading from public memory, but we New Yorker's have not forgotten his memorable and daring public street art from the '80s, even if we did not at the time know about the outrageous life style of the Lower Manhattan artists and their friends. (Keith of course was a protegé of Andy Warhol.) There was revolution in the air, and New York catered to many activists in many domains, the visual and musical arts still thriving in its new post-Pop, post-expressionist ways. Keith found his expression in many ways, but is best known for the little dogs and other characters that he stenciled all over the NY subways. I still remember tracking them from stop to stop, including the 86th and Lexington stop.
So decades later, thanks to the largesse of a determined Japanese corporate collector and benefactor, you can examine the life and times of this sadly short-lived American artist - a one of a kind in many ways, and it is good to know his work has found a well-curated home here in Kobuchizawa. There is much more to say about this remarkable collection, but I will leave it to visitors to make their own discoveries.