Keith Haring - 1970s / GRAFFITI / TODAY New York Thursday, January 13, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
    Frederik Roos, Zug, 1983
    AB Stockholms Auktionsverk, Stockholm, June 2, 1994, lot 7118
    Private collection, United States
    Christie's, New York, November 16, 2000, lot 41
    Private collection, Geneva
    Private Collection
    Christie's, New York, November 14, 2017, lot 11B
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Champions, January 1983, pp. 49 and 71 (illustrated).
    Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Keith Haring, March-May 1986, pp. 24 and 78 (illustrated in color).
    Milan, Fondazione Triennale di Milano, The Keith Haring Show, September 2005-January 2006, p. 171, no. 12 (illustrated in color).
    London, Barbican Art Gallery, Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years, June-September 2007, pp. 58-59 and 212 (illustrated in color).

  • Artist Biography

    Keith Haring

    American • 1958 - 1990

    Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Keith Haring moved to New York City in 1978 at the age of 20 to study at the School of Visual Arts. By the early 1980s, Haring rose to prominence for his graffiti drawings made in the New York subways and streets. Alongside his friends Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, who he met at the SVA, Haring became a leading figure of the East Village art scene through the 1970s and 1980s.

    Best known for his cartoon-like imagery developed through bold lines and vibrant colors, Haring refined a visual language of symbols that simplified forms to their most essential elements. Exploring the themes of birth and death, sex and war, social inequality, and love, his art bridged the high and low, erasing the distinctions between rarefied art, political activism, and popular culture. Despite his tragically brief career, Haring created a universal visual language embraced throughout the world, and his works are housed in many major collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, and Nakamura Keith Haring Collection in Hokuto, Japan.

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signed and dated "JANUARY 1983 K. Haring" on the reverse
vinyl paint on vinyl tarpaulin with metal grommets
120 x 120 in. (304.8 x 304.8 cm)
Painted in 1983. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the The Estate of Keith Haring.

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