Is Lady Gaga our generation's Keith Haring? Consider: Both came to fame in the downtown New York arts scene—Haring at the School of Visual Arts, Gaga at New York University. Both achieved mainstream success when they got exposure from MTV—Haring through logos and set design, Gaga through music videos like "Just Dance," "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance," as well as her legendary performance of "Paparazzi" at the MTV VMA's. Both have lent their names and creative input to AIDS-related causes—Haring designed the logos for the "Red Hot" and "Very Special Christmas" series; Gaga created a lipstick for MAC's Viva Glam product line to benefit HIV awareness. And both became even more famous by partnering with famous (and infamous) cultural icons—Madonna, Jean-Michael Basquiat and Andy Warhol for Haring; Beyoncé, Alexander McQueen and Jean Charles de Castelbajac for Gaga. It's too bad Haring never got a chance to team up with Gaga—we can only imagine the possibilities.
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