Haring achieved international recognition, participating in numerous group and solo exhibitions. He completed many public projects in the first half of the 80's, ranging from an animation for a Times Square billboard, set designs, watch designs for Swatch, an advertising campaign for Absolut vodka and numerous murals around the world. In 1986 Haring opened his infamous "Pop Shop" in SoHo, a shop that sold T-shirts, toys, posters, buttons and magnets bearing his images. He remained committed to his desire to make his artwork available to as wide an audience as possible, and received strong support from friends and fans including Andy Warhol.
In 1988 Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. The following year he established the Keith Haring Foundation to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children's programs. He died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 on February 16th, 1990. Over 1,000 people attend his memorial service. Madonna declared the first New York date of her "Blond Ambition World Tour" a benefit concert for Haring's memory and donated all of the proceeds from her ticket sales to AIDS charities.
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