29 October 1997
Toronto post-show - Haring hip pop.
Toronto post-show - Haring hip pop. Willie and Bono visit a Keith Haring exhibit and discover strange religious roots.
Managed to get out to see a great Keith Haring exhibition at the art museum in Toronto this morning, before getting on the plane to Minneapolis. It was exceptional in that it included a lot of his personal artifacts, notes, sketches, trash. He had such strong direction so early in life, and being exactly of our generation his teenage influences were very similar to ours. On the way into the museum, Bono, half jokingly, had said that one key influence picked up in his "Jesus Freak" period must have been the simple line-drawing illustrations from the (then very hip and alternative) "Good News Bible". Sure enough, in one of the case of Haring's personal stuff, was a pile of 70's hip-religious material made into collages, including 'One Way' stickers, including the line drawings, 'Chick' cartoon booklets, etc. There was some great work in the show - so vibrant, so instant and so totally Pop. Joy and anger in equal measure.Aftershow runner on to Detroit.