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From the 'A-train' to fighting AIDS - Keith Haring lithograph created in 1990 to accompany a UN Postal Association stamp series.
UN Chronicle. 1994 Jun; 31(2): p..The grimy walls of the New York City underground subway system might seem an unlikely canvas for launching an art career. But from these bizarre beginnings, the unusual work of American pop artist Keith Haring soon came to light in major galleries and museums around the world. Born in a small Pennsylvania town in 1958, the young man created a distinctive, disturbing urban art with cross-cultural hieroglyphics encompassing social and political themes--from a Harlem billboard with the stark warning "Crack is Wack" to "Free South Africa" posters to a 300-foot mural on the Berlin Wall. After beginning studies at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts, Mr. Haring quickly became immersed in the downtown arts scene of the early 1980s, developing his trademark white chalk, graffiti-style drawings--the spaceship, barking dog and "glowing baby" are examples--on the streets and walls of New York. His deep commitment to the fight against the disease that ultimately killed him is demonstrated in his powerful work on our June cover--"Fight AIDS Worldwide". (excerpt)
Acting now to make a difference - Michael Merson, executive director WHO Global Program on AIDS - Fight AIDS Worldwide - Cover story - Interview.
UN Chronicle. 1994 Jun; 31(2): p..With an estimated 5,000 people infected each day with HIV, urgency is a feeling Dr. Michael Merson knows well. The devoted Executive Director of WHO's Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) speaks movingly to groups and individuals around the world about the need to act now to fight the deadly virus that leads to AIDS. "In Africa, south of the Sahara, some communities have been hit so hard that there are funerals every day or two. Soon this will be happening in parts of Asia and Latin America as well", he said on World AIDS Day--1 December 1993--in New York. "For a family already living at the poverty line or below, the loss of their breadwinner and caretaker is catastrophic for those left behind--the children and the elderly." Encouraging people to talk frankly about a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that's often shrouded in fear and mystery, dealing with Government and public denial about the gravity of the AIDS epidemic, and confronting insufficient resources to care for victims of the disease--these are daily challenges for Dr. Merson, who has been head of WHO's global efforts to fight AIDS since May 1990. Originally from New York, he joined WHO as a medical officer in 1978 and became Director of the Diarrhoeal Disease Control Programme in 1984, where he served until joining the GPA. (excerpt)