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Check out these never-before-seen photos of Keith Haring

Newly unearthed images on view at Villazan gallery offer candid views of the street artist who became an art-world legend

By Howard Halle
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The 1980s were a particularly vibrant moment for New York’s art world. Pop Art had been a thing in the 1960s, but after nearly a decade of Conceptualism and Minimalism during the 1970s, Pop came roaring back, this time enlivened by hip-hop, graffiti and the downtown club scene. This was before gentrification tamed the city, when studio space was still cheap and art stardom became equated with rock stardom. Probably no artist embodied the zeitgeist better than Keith Haring, who went from doing drawings in the subway to showing in the hottest galleries of the day. It was during this period that Javier Porto and Ricky Powell, two photographers working independently, captured Haring and his milieu. From September 8 through 14, their work will be on view at Villazan gallery, located at 2 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. The show includes images of Haring, along with other ’80s luminaries, such as Grace Jones, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol. Haring’s time may have passed, but his legend lives on in this look back at the art world he helped to create back in the day.

Photograph: Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Javier Porto

Keith Haring and Grace Jones, 1984

1985, Keith Haring
Photograph: Courtesy Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Javier Porto

Keith Haring, 1985

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Photograph: Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Javier Porto

Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Grace Jones; New York, 1984

Photograph: Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Javier Porto

Keith Haring and Grace Jones, 1984

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Photograph: Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Javier Porto

Grace Jones, 1984

Photograph: Courtesy Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Ricky Powerll

Keith Haring drawing on Grace Jones, 1984

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1985, Keith Haring
Photograph: Courtesy Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Ricky Powerll

Keith Haring, 1985

1985, Keith Haring
Photograph: Courtesy Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Ricky Powerll

Keith Haring, 1985

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1985, Keith Haring
Photograph: Courtesy Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Ricky Powerll

Keith Haring, 1985

Photograph: Courtesy Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Ricky Powerll

Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, 1986

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Photograph: Courtesy Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Ricky Powerll

Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, 1986

Photograph: Courtesy Courtesy Villazan Art Gallery/Ricky Powerll

Keith Haring, Yoko Ono and Keith Haring's parents, 1988

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