By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
“Alechinsky totally blew me away. From that point on, it changed everything for me.” So said Keith Haring about a Pierre Alechinsky retrospective he viewed when only 19 years old. Haring, of course, went on to become internationally known for creating a visual language of imagery all his own. “Confrontation: Keith Haring & Pierre Alechinsky,” at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, is the first exhibition dedicated to charting the inspirations and intersections between Haring, who died in 1990, and Alechinsky, who, at 94, is the last surviving member of the CoBrA avant-garde art movement — of which NSU’s collection is the largest of any American museum. The exhibition runs through Sept. 25.
ARTWORK: Untitled, Jan. 15, 1984, Sumi ink on canvas. Courtesy of Rita Krauss and Phyllis Mack, © Keith Haring Foundation