Exhibitions: Keith Haring: 1978–1982

Still from Painting Myself into a Corner

During his time at the School of Visual Arts, Haring began exploring the possibility of video as a medium and extension of his painting process. In his first video, Painting Myself into a Corner, he paints rhythmically to the pulsating beat of the band Devo, whose music becomes the soundtrack to the video. This piece illuminates the close relationship between the physicality of the artist, the act of painting, and the final product. Haring viewed himself as such an integral part of his art that he literally paints himself into the piece—in effect cornering himself in his own aesthetic world.