The Radiant (Christ) Child

  title={The Radiant (Christ) Child},
  author={Natalie E. Phillips},
  journal={American Art},
  pages={54 - 73}
Keith Haring's pulsating, cartoon figures are immediately recognizable to most viewers and have become emblematic of the New York art world of the 1980s. Haring's art has been interpreted as an expression of the optimistic indulgence of this period, a representation of the New York club scene as well as homoerotic currents, and a visual tool for the campaign against AIDS. But one important aspect of his youthful experience has been largely overlooked—his 1970s engagement with the Jesus Movement… Expand
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Th e term "devil sperm" was coined by Adams in "Keith Haring: Radiant Picaresque
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For the quote about Haring's encounters with Christian ideology, see Melissa Biggs and Jonathan Wright
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Haring's friends and fellow artists Kenny Scharf and Andy Warhol both also made frequent visual references to religion and spirituality in their work
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Getting High on Jesus" was attributed to a Jesus Person known only as Rekum, a leader of the Children of God (a subgroup of the Jesus Movement
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Jesus People, 31. Other lingo cited in this paragraph is from Ellwood, One Way, 82
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130; and Maarten Van De Guchte believes they derive from imagery found on Mexican ceramic vessels
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