Keith Haring painted this Japanese paper lantern in 1988. Installed on Monday, it’s part of our latest rotation from the Keith Haring Foundation. This rotation, on view through June 2, focuses on Haring’s Pop Shop Tokyo project. On January 30, 1988, (25 years ago yesterday!) Keith Haring opened the Pop Shop Tokyo, following the successful opening of the original Pop Shop in New York two years earlier. He collaborated with Japanese film producer Kaz Kuzui, and his American wife, film director Fran Rubel Kuzui on a Tokyo venue. As well as painting his Tokyo venue in the same manner as the New York shop, Haring created numerous products specifically for a Japanese audience, and decorated the store with objects like this paper lantern.
Unfortunately, widespread counterfeiting interfered with Pop Shop Tokyo’s success. Haring noted “there are just too many Haring fakes available all over Tokyo and, this time, they’re really well done.” Pop Shop Tokyo closed by the end of the year.
Keith Haring’s work will also be explored in a major Paris exhibition opening at two venues this spring. The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris will open Keith Haring: The Political Line, a large-scale retrospective of the artist’s work, on April 19. This exhibition will also feature an installation at LE CENTQUATRE, a Parisian art space, that will display Haring’s monumental works including The Ten Commandments. But visit the New-York Historical Society first before buying your plane ticket!