Putnam Collection Welcomes Keith Haring Acrobats to NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 11/01/2007 - 11:18.

The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection is especially visible in this community, right now, as one day following the reception celebrating the addition of work #45 to University Circle - the stunning "Inner Circle", by David Deming - the collection welcomed to NEO the landmark sculpture "Acrobats", by important regional artist Keith Haring (born in 1958 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, qualifying him for the collection).

From a description of the sculpture by the Public Art Fund, of New York City: "Keith Haring conceived Acrobats one year after the first exhibition of his free-standing steel pieces at Leo Castelli Gallery in 1985. Depicting two figures balanced in a remarkable gravity-defying pose, Acrobats is a work of incredible simplicity and vitality. Haring, a quintessentially urban artist, always sought to engage the public directly, from his earliest chalk drawings in New York subway stations to his final mural in a maternity hospital in Monte Carlo. In its temporary home in Battery Park City, Acrobats continues Haring's enduring vision of inserting art into the environs of our everyday lives." The work is a multiple, which has been produced through the Keith Haring Foundation in several dimensions.

The Putnam Collection placed their "Acrobats" outside the Veale Center, which is the convocation and athletic complex for Case Western Reserve University, and so very much fits the "environs of our everyday lives."... in this case, it certainly enhances the environs (Case website photo, below)

Putnam Curator Evelyn Kiefer said students seemed to smile and enjoy the new Haring, as they saw it being installed, so I suspect this addition to the campus will be quite popular and become well know in the community... Haring does have a very likable quality!

A strong and important sculpture, this is a must see for fans of contemporary American art and, of course, the widely popular Kieth Haring. 


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Haring for kids

While researching Keith Haring I came across a very cool site developed and advanced by the Keith Haring Foundation... Haring Kids... which seems to offer some fun and visually interesting games, lesson plans, projects and activities for kids... always appreciated. Check out Haring Kids here and share back what you and any kids you know think... and any other good kids art sites you know.

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  Okay Norm--now you are in my territory!   Try Starfall.com  and Pilkey.com :)

Kadir Nelson


Kids can explore Art in real life with the work of Kadir Nelson at the Akron Art Museum.  See this week's Free Times for more local information on the show.

Picturing the African American Experience
October 06, 2007 - January 06, 2008
Children's Book Illustrations by Kadir Nelson
Corbin Gallery
Akron Art Museum
One South High
Akron OH 44308

Kadir Nelson

  We caught the last day of the Kadir Nelson exhibit at the Akron Art Museum today 1/6/2008.  Ironically, Norman Rockwell exhibit is also featured in the beautiful new building.  Two humanist painters that some snobs may shrug off as "illustrators." 

To me--to be called an illustrator would be a medal of honor.  Nelson's mastery of color and light are transcendent.  Check out his books at your local library or better yet, purchase for your loved ones.