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  • Provenance

    Vincent Lee Fine Art, Hong Kong
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)
    Christie's, New York, 26 September 2013, lot 79
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Munich Kunsthalle; Rotterdam Kunsthal, Keith Haring: The Political Line, 1 May 2015 - 7 February 2016, p. 104 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I was learning, watching people’s reactions and interactions with the drawings and with me and looking at it as a phenomenon. Having this incredible feedback from people, which is one of the main things that kept me going so long, was the participation of the people that were watching me and the kinds of comments and questions and observations that were coming from every range of person you could imagine, from little kids to old ladies to art historians.” - Keith Haring

  • 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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Property of an Important American Collector

9

Untitled

1981
signed and dated "K. Haring SEPT 25-81" on the reverse
Sumi ink on paper
56.5 x 76.5 cm (22 1/4 x 30 1/8 in.)
Executed on 25 September 1981.

Estimate
HK$1,000,000 - 1,500,000 
€120,000-181,000
$128,000-192,000

Sold for HK$1,625,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2017