Keith Haring, Altarpiece

At Home: Provoking the Imagination in Clay 

Inspired by Keith Haring’s Altarpiece

Using a loop knife instead of a brush and without any preliminary sketches, Haring found a freedom and spontaneity working in clay. Determined to finish it before he died, Haring rapidly cut the design into clay, which was then cast into bronze after his death - Altarpiece his final work. The work has become a memorial to the artist and reflects Haring’s fundamental belief that art “should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.”

YOUR TURN:

Experiment with carving lines into clay

Materials:

  • Play dough, clay, or Styrofoam
  • Toothpick, broken pencil, unfolded paperclip