Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring

Enchanted Lion. May 2020. 64p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781592702671.
Gr 2-6–This big, beautiful biography of Keith Haring includes illustrations that encapsulate the iconic American artist’s work and life. Each page contains a few sentences, but all pages feature full-color artwork that mimics Haring’s well-known murals. Cochran’s visuals effectively capture the sense of movement and fluidity of Haring’s work. The story begins with Haring’s childhood and covers the origins of his interest in drawing. Burgess describes the struggle of being an artist in New York City in the 1980s and the city’s art scene. The book concludes with a biographical note, an author’s note, an illustrator’s note, and sources for the quotations that were used.
VERDICT This bright literary work is packed with well-researched and well-written biographical notes on Haring’s short life and the impact he made on the art world and public art. An ideal choice for primary school through high school libraries, especially ones geographically represented in the story (New York, Pennsylvania).

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