The Universe of Keith Haring
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"The Universe of Keith Haring", one of the most popular and significant artists of the 20th century, whose mantra was "Art is for everyone!" features interviews and archival footage of Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Kim Hastreiter, Grace Jones, Madonna, Yoko Ono, David LaChapelle, Kenny Scharf, Carlo McCormick, Andy Warhol, Ann Magnuson, Tony Shafrazi, and Junior Vasquez. Audio excerpts from original interviews with Keith Haring were conducted by Haring's biographer John Gruen.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"It is the passion and commitment we see in the artist himself that makes the most lasting impression."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Keith Haring was not a great artist. He might not even have been a very good one. But he was the right person in the right place at the right time."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Disappointingly pedestrian take on Keith Haring's radical art."
‑ Holly Grigg-Spall, Film4
"If this really is the universe of Keith Haring, it's a strangely sterile one. Which is never a word you could apply to his work."
‑ Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies
"It's hard to say Clausen's done anything original here."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"Utilizing copious film footage of her puckish subject and new interviews with Haring's contemporaries, gallerists and mentors, director Christina Clausen makes her fascinating movie as big-hearted, city-centric and energetic as its subject."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Haring's art may be simple, but an homage to him needn't be."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"The archive footage reveals a deadpan sense of humour and a surreal and marvellous indifference to the ghastly trappings of fame."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"...digs under the artist's pop veneer and goes all the way to the surface, finding some kind of meaning in simplicity."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"The Universe of Keith Haring is content to slide on hagiography and shortchange cultural critique."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Slant Magazine
"As directed by Rome-based Christina Clausen, the film is loving but shallow. We learn a lot about minor details of Haring's life (his dad helped him deliver newspapers in Kutztown) but little about what makes his art so popular."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Equally a portrait of the artist and a portrait of a decade, this celebratory documentary makes the short, accelerated life of Keith Haring (1958-1990) inseparable from that short, accelerated period we know as '80s New York."
‑ Brian Miller, Village Voice
"An entertaining and informative documentary."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Christina Clausen's documentary is a briskly paced, affectionate tribute which makes full use of interviews with Haring intimates (although I could have done without that introductory artsy zeroing in on the interviewees' eyeballs)."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Although first-time director Christina Clausen presents this era of bad art, bad music and boring celebrities without judging it, we can't help but feel we are witnessing the last party in the mansion of pop art before its imminent collapse."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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