Keith Haring died of AIDS-related illnesses on February 16, 1990. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of his death, BOZAR celebrates and discusses his art and activism in a frank conversation with Julia Gruen.
Julia Gruen is the Executive Director of the Keith Haring Foundation. She was the artist’s studio manager and confidant from 1984 until the end of his life, accompanying Haring as he transformed from counter-culture figure to global 80s art star. When he established the Keith Haring Foundation in 1989, he appointed Gruen its director, a position she holds to this day.
As a professional collaborator and personal friend, Julia Gruen is a key witness to both the New York art scene of the 1980s and Haring’s international career. As a guardian of his art, ideas and charitable goals, she is the ideal guest to discuss his evolving position in art history and in contemporary society.