The Universe of Keith Haring
The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

"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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It is the passion and commitment we see in the artist himself that makes the most lasting impression.

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Nathan Lee
New York 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.

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Holly Grigg-Spall

Disappointingly pedestrian take on Keith Haring's radical art.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Brian Miller
Village Voice

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.

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James Christopher
Times (UK)

The archive footage reveals a deadpan sense of humour and a surreal and marvellous indifference to the ghastly trappings of fame.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe

Ataut collage of contemporary and archival footage with frank, open-hearted interviews.

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Andrew Pulver

An entertaining and informative documentary.

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