PBS’s ‘American Masters’ strand will premiere Keith Haring: Street Art Boy — produced by BBC Studios for PBS and British pubcaster BBC with Thirteen Productions — this month.
The hour-long film, billed as the definitive account of the late art world celebrity and pop culture icon (pictured), features exclusive access to the Haring Foundation’s archives to capture the energy behind Haring’s art and the downtown New York culture of the 1980s that inspired him. Haring died Feb. 16, 1990 at age 31 due to AIDS-related complications.
Following his AIDS diagnosis, Haring told writer and art critic John Gruen the story of his life in intimate and candid detail in 1989 for his biography.
These previously unheard interviews form the narrative of the documentary, in addition to interviews with Haring’s family and friends as well as Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quinones, Tony Shafrazi, Bill T. Jones, Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson, Kurt Andersen, George Condo and others.
Keith Haring: Street Art Boy premieres Nov. 28 on PBS. The documentary is directed and produced by Ben Anthony and executive produced by Janet Lee. Alice Rhodes is producer; Michael Kantor is executive producer for ‘American Masters,’ currently in its 34th season.