Keith Haring: Ignorance is Fear
I don't think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.
I first came across Keith Haring's work when I was doing research for an HIV/AIDS research project. Although his work was already very recognisable. Haring was a graffiti and visual artist and began and painted many iconic murals around the world. Most probably recognise his figures from t-shirts, keychains, or prints.
I love that most of his work contains social commentary and he manages to convey them in a cartoonish, colourful way. His work deals a lot with sexuality, HIV/AIDS, disarmament, and consumerism.
Some might find his work to be too commercial but I think that's why his work is so attractive, as it's become a part of the 80s aesthetic. It kind of conveys an urban energy and creativity for activism. Included are some of my favourite of his work. Link to a comprehensive database for his work.