People: Nov. 3, 1986

He is probably the world's most famous graffitist, so there is poetic -- and possibly political -- justice in the fact that Keith Haring would turn up writing on the world's most infamous wall. He was in West Berlin last week to dab a chain of his cartoon-like figures on a 100-yd. stretch of the Berlin Wall next to Checkpoint Charlie. Invited by the 13th of August Working Group, which operates the West German Wall Museum, Haring chose red, yellow and black tones because the colors are found in both countries' flags and symbolize the "coming together of the two sides,...

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