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Art and Coming Out

Portrait of Keith Haring and Juan Dubose / Andy Warhol

Portrait of Keith Haring and Juan Dubose, 1983, Andy Warhol. Polacolor print, 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 98.XM.168.7. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Today is National Coming Out Day, which seeks to promote a safe world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. 

Keith Haring was one of the early advocates of the movement, donating a drawing of a person dancing out of the proverbial closet for the NCOD logo. His graphic style is renowned for mixing pop, graffiti, and street art. You can browse a database of his work on the Keith Haring Foundation website.

This Polaroid by Andy Warhol of Haring and his partner, Juan Dubose, presents a portrait of the couple that is both intimate and somber—both faced early deaths from AIDS.

Today celebrates equality and the legacy of pioneers like Haring and Warhol, who showed their identity proudly and used the power of art to connect us.

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  1. amra
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Kudos for honoring this special day! And I love the NCOD logo by Haring, very celebratory and lively… surprised that I had not discovered this before. Always learning something new here. Big thanks!

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