Crack is Wack - Keith Haring
The HIYA Gallery series places and works legendaries of street art present you a 1986 fresco by Keith Haring - “Crack is Wack” (New York, USA).
Haring painted it near the Harlem River Boardwalk and was arrested because it was illegal. He highlighted the huge crack problem that plagued New York City areas in the mid-1980s. As Haring had already become a popular artist then, this mural was everywhere on television - alongside Ronald Reagan's “War on Drugs” campaign. And when people found out he was in jail for painting it, everyone rallied behind him - and Haring was released with a fine of just $ 100.
The mural was vandalized with prodrug messages. But ultimately, the city allowed Haring to restore his work by giving it back its original purpose.