The Universe of Keith Haring

  • Italy
  • France
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Everybody knows his drawings and his stylized silhouettes, yet few people know his name. The most successful pop/graffiti artist of the 80s is still all around us – in hospitals, churches, casinos, gardens, walls, galleries, posters, tee-shirts – and in our memories.

As a social phenomenon who revolutionized contemporary art over a single decade, Haring was a generous artist who brought art to the people on the street and also a friend of such celebrities as Madonna, Yoko Ono, Grace Jones, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and David LaChapelle.

A casualty of the AIDS epidemic at only 31, Haring had already blazed a trail far beyond his American birthplace, from Paris to Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Haring’s birth, Christina Clausen delivers an incredibly touching portrait of the “Little Prince of New York City.” Thanks to amazing archival footage, vivid interviews and music hits of the 80s, we relive an era of intellectual and sexual freedom, eccentricities and insane creativity.


  • Original Title
    The Universe of Keith Haring
  • Direction
  • Cast
    Fab 5 Freddy, David LaChapelle, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring
  • Cinematography
    John Kelleran, Flavio Bernardi
  • Editing
    Silvia Giulietti
  • Music
    Angelo Talocci
  • Runtime
    90 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Italy
    • France
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • FIFA Montreal
    • Tribeca Film Festival (NYC) 2008
    • Outfest Film Festival (Los Angeles)
    • Paris Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
    • Brisbane Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2008
    • Newport Beach Film Festival 2008
    • Rome Film Festival 2007
  • Awards
    • Grand Jury Prize - Brasilia Film Festival 2007 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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