The Art of Journaling: Keith Haring

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Keith Haring was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war. Haring’s work was often heavily political and his imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century.

The Keith Haring Foundation has scanned the artist’s journals from 1971 to 1989 with the intention of making them all available online. The journals feature writings, drawings and the occasional collaged element. Some of the journals had been previously seen in the Brooklyn Museum’s 2012 exhibition, Keith Haring: 1978-1982.

The foundation has created a tumblr account for the scans, which can be viewed here.

Keith Haring Journal

This journal entry from 1986  provides insight into Keith’s feelings about computers and technology:

“I was very interested in the tactile experience of drawing that is very different than drawing with a computer…This displacement of image and action [on the computer] creates a new problem to be solved by the “drawer”.

Keith-Haring-Journals1 The book Keith Haring Journals a brilliant account of Haring’s life and observations, told through the voice of the artist himself. You can also learn more about Keith from the “In His Own Words” section of The Keith Haring Foundation website

 

 

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“Heart” Habana from the Quo Vadis Artist Series. 

  • 85g, ivory paper with satin smooth finish
  • 96 sheets
  • Elastic closure, black ribbon
  • Elegant round corners
  • Inner pocket for notes and cards
  • Available in large and pocket sizes (A5 and A6)

 

The typewriter store on Hudson street

Stuart Matz snapped this at the typewriter store on Hudson street in the West Village, NYC. A bit of sleuthing uncovered AFAX Business Machines to be the store in question at 181 Hudson Street, Suite 2A New York, NY 10013.

I haven’t really spent a lot of time in NYC despite it being only a 90 minute bus ride away, and as I am somewhat enamored of all the mom & pop specialty stores that exist there, I should make the ride more often.

Do you have a favorite little specialty shop in NYC? Or in your hometown? I’d like to hear about it.

Image courtesy of Stuart Matz – follow stumatz on Instagram.

Checking out Rhodia at the NSS

While I wasn’t able to make the NSS (National Stationery Show) this year, a few of our blogger friends did! The image above is from Diane over at Pocket Blonde. She seemed to be quite pleased by the new dotWebbies, the new soft covered “R” premium line featuring 90g ivory paper and also the new Unlimited books. (Which I can’t wait to check out!) Vist her blog if you’d like to see more pictures of What’s New at Rhodia.

Brian from Office Supply Geek also perused the show, and in his recent post he also mentioned admiring the R pads and the Unlimited Pocket book.

Have you seen all of the new products in the 2011 Exaclair catalog yet? Which items are you eagerly anticipating?

Exaclair USA at the New York International Gift Show: Now through Feb 3rd

Look for us at the New York International Gift Fair, Booth 4044 (L’Agenda Moderne), Javits Convention Center, New York City, January 30-February 3, 2011. The show hours are 9 am to 6 pm daily except for the last day, when the show ends at 12 noon. Continue Readering »

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