Art Is Life: The Life of Artist Keith Haring

Tami Lewis Brown, illus. by Keith Negley. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $19.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-374-30424-9
As he moves through the pages of this picture book, a squiggly halo accompanies Keith Haring, “just like the art that skipped/ and hopped/ and snapped/ and popped/ inside Keith’s head.” Lewis Brown uses simple sentences occasionally stacked with descriptors to sketch moments in Haring’s life, from a childhood drawing on his father’s lap to scrawling on subway platforms in chalk and drinking tea with Andy Warhol, crafting a portrait of a much-loved man determined to share his art with many: “Art is for everybody. Art is life. Life is art.” Negley’s blunt, blocky forms use bright colors, collage-like texture, and Haring-esque shapes to evoke art that made “people smile and laugh and cry and think.” It’s a warm introduction to an accessible talent. Author’s and illustrator’s notes include more about Haring’s life, including his early death from AIDS. Ages 4–7. (Dec.)
Reviewed on : 10/29/2020
Release date: 12/01/2020
Genre: Children's
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