Keith Haring (1958 – 1990) was a Neo-Pop and Graffiti artist. Born in Pennsylvania, Haring attended the Ivy School of Art in Pittsburgh for two years, planning to become a commercial artist. He found this path unsatisfying and instead chose to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Haring immersed himself in the culture of the city’s streets and clubs, and in 1980 began covering the blank billboards on subway station walls with his Subway drawings in chalk.

In 1981, Hal Bromm invited Keith Haring to have his first solo exhibition at the Hal Bromm Gallery. The show featured a crib, pictured right, and drawings done by Haring covering the walls.