By Mary Montserrat-Howlett
NEW YORK(RUSHPRNEWS)09/22/2008–In a time where social change stirred New York Cityâ€™s underground scene, young artists were acting out against the right-wing, conformist turn that took over America in the early 1980â€™s. Director Christina Clausen brings us the riveting and intimate portrait of world-renowned artist, Keith Haring in the 82-minute, must-see documentary: “The Universe of Keith Haring”.
The film features interviews and rare archival footage with Fab 5 Freddy, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Grace Jones and David LaChapelle among many.
With audio excerpts from original interviews with Haring, conducted by his biographer John Gruen, “The Universe of Keith Haring” captures the spirit of the avant-garde, 80â€™s street-art movement, which was profoundly impacted by the works of Haring and peers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf.
Haring is commemorated as the insurgent artist who shocked the world by visually provoking and attacking the elitism that dominated the contemporary art world for so many decades. Defining himself on the empty black panels of New York Cityâ€™s subways, his graffiti-like compositions combined explicit images with playful situations and overt sexuality with cartoon innocence. Uninhibited, unassuming, his art was accessible to the everyday public and quickly gained respect and recognition worldwide.
The filmâ€™s theme song is composed by famed DJ and record producer, Junior Vasquez, with a stellar original soundtrack put together by Angelo Talocci, that pays homage to the golden age of hip hop music. The “Universe of Keith Haring” is an Arthouse Films Production, produced by Paolo Bruno and Eric Ellena. The honest and vivid portrayl of Keith Haring will be sure to grasp audiences everywhere.
The film will open at Cinema Village in New York City October 24.
About the author: Montreal-based Mary Montserrrat-Howlett is a regular contributor to RushPRNews. Her writing career Â took off two years ago, with articles predominantly dealing with minority rights in the workplace. She has a vested interest in social issues and in her spare time, enjoys to work on a series of short stories and scripts. You may write her at MaryMH@rushprnews.com