A prominent figure of 1980s New York graffiti culture, Keith Haring could be found in every subway station in the city. His humour, accessible imagery and vivid colours meant he was able to connect with a large audience. He proved the legitimacy of street art by bringing it to museums and galleries, blurring the boundary between high and low culture.
The barking, sometimes known as the laughing, dog was one of Keith Haring’s most recognisable symbols. Traditionally dogs have been depicted in art to represent loyalty and obedience. However, the barking dog is thought to represent oppressive regimes that demand obedience, which Haring was actively opposed to.