Mythical works of Street Art - Crack is Wack

Œuvres mythiques du Street Art - Crack is Wack
Each week, HIYA Gallery looks back on the history of art and more precisely on the history of street art and its associated movements. We try to highlight the pioneers of this movement who have become legends, the mythical works that have left their mark in the history of street art, as well as important cultural events concerning the development of street art and graffiti, such as books rare or cult, exhibitions making reference in the history of the movement, films and other events.

We believe that in order to understand and feel the art of our time, we must constantly learn where it came from and what its roots are. That is why, alongside the representation and promotion of artists, we want to share with you knowledge about the history of street art.

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.


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