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Carmine Street Mural

Carmine Street Pool

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, October 1, 2008
1. Carmine Street Mural Marker
Inscription.  This mural was painted in August 1987 by famed graffiti artist Keith Haring (1958-1990) on the wall that adjoins the Carmine Street Pool at the James J. Walker Park handball court. Measuring 18 feet high by 170 feet long and taking its cue from the hues of the pool’s underwater shapes, the mural depicts bold, stylized motifs of fish and children as well as abstract shapes in black, yellow and blue.

Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in Reading and grew up in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. His first one-man show was at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 1978. He moved to New York City that year to study at the School of Visual Arts. In the early 1980s, the young artist first attained notoriety by using methods of graffiti to literally make his mark on the city. Creating a style that would soon become renowned worldwide, Haring “tagged” chalk outlines of buoyant, interlocking bodies on the black poster mounts of New York City subway stations. His vocabulary of images, such as the radiant child and barking dog, soon became instantly recognizable.

Haring went on to have numerous exhibitions of his work and was represented
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By Larry Gertner, October 1, 2008
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by such well-known dealers as Tony Shafrizi, Andre Emmerich, and Leo Castelli. He was prolific in his artwork, generous in support of social causes, and went on to help choreograph music videos and produce coloring books to finance his charitable causes, such as Learning through Art and Doing Art Together, two programs that bought art to schools. He provided funds for numerous children’s organizations, supported efforts to oppose apartheid, and donated designs and funds to advance the cause of AIDS research.

In 1986, Haring painted the unauthorized but much appreciated Crack is Whack mural at a playground located at the F.D.R. Drive and East 128th Street. In the same year, two of his sculptures, one untitled and the other dubbed Blue Curling Dog, were displayed temporarily at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in Manhattan. The sculptures were also displayed in Riverside Park in 1988.

Keith Haring died of AIDS on February 16, 1990. Not yet 32 years old, he left a legacy of art that was both popular and critically acclaimed. A foundation in his memory was established which continues to support the organizations he championed during his lifetime. In 1991-92, Haring’s Balancing the Dog was displayed at Dante Park and in 1997 the Public Art Fund, in collaboration with the Estate of Keith Haring, organized a multi-site installation of his outdoor sculptures at Central Park’s Doris
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Freedman Plaza and along the Park Avenue Malls. This public exhibition occurred simultaneously with a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In the spring of 1995, the Keith Haring Foundation assisted in the preservation of the Carmine Street Mural so it could continue to enliven the experience of patrons to this 1930s outdoors pool.

City of New York Parks & Recreation
Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mayor
Henry J. Stern, Commissioner
December 2001
 
Erected 2001 by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
 
Location. 40° 43.768′ N, 74° 0.347′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Clarkson Street near Seventh Avenue South, on the left when traveling east. The pool itself is a part of the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Clarkson St, New York NY 10014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. No. 48 Commerce Street (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 38 Commerce Street (about 700 feet away); 36 Commerce Street (about 700 feet away); James Vandenburgh’s Home (about 700 feet away); Edna St. Vincent Millay (about 700 feet away); 70 Bedford Street (about 700 feet
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away); Commerce Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Downing Street Playground (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Carmine Street Bathhouse. (Submitted on December 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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