Keith Haring’s Stuck Moment as a Perplexed Planner

October 18, 2011

His stuck moment: Haring’s chalk drawings in New York City subways struck a chord with the city’s populous and gave wide exposure to the young art student’s work. As his fame grew, his artwork became less accessible to the masses.

He clears the clutter: Going against art world conventions, Haring opened the Pop Shop retail store in lower Manhattan. He considered it an extension of his work and an approachable way to attract a broad range of people.

Unstuck result: The shop was an instant success, selling T-shirts, toys, posters, buttons, and magnets with Haring images. It remained a physical store until 2005 and now continues online at

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