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  • In Short - English

    Known for his illustrative depictions of figures and symbols, Keith Haring was one of the key members of a legendary group of avant-garde New York-based artists who helped to redefine the boundaries of Modern art in the 1980s. Employing a pop-art and graffiti-like style with a range of iconic motifs, Haring aimed to make art accessible to everyone, and much of his work responded to contemporary social and political events. Using the city as his canvas, Haring’s initial fame came from his energetic chalk drawings in subway stations; however, he soon expanded his art practice to include drawings and paintings. Many of which were later shown in galleries and institutions throughout the world, with works of Haring’s now belonging in the permanent collections of over 50 museums. 

    Letter to Best Buddies International
    © Keith Haring Foundation

    In April 1986 and as encouraged by the support of his friends and mentors, including the likes of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haring opened the first of his Pop Shop retail stores. Selling reproduction works of his universally recognisable imagery, Haring viewed Pop Shop as being ‘an extension of what [he] was doing in the subway stations, breaking down the barriers between high and low art’ (Keith Haring quoted in Andrew Yarrow, 'Keith Haring, Artist, Dies at 31; Career Began in Subway Graffiti', The New York Times, 17 February, 1990, online).

     

    Executed in 1990, Best Buddies was Haring’s last print produced before his death that same year. Created for Best Buddies International, an organisation offering opportunities for those living with developmental disabilities, the work captures the spirit of friendship and acceptance. It helped to raise over $500,000, thus leaving a lasting gift for the organisation and many lives touched by it.

     
  • 摘要 - 繁體中文

    以其繪畫的人物和標誌聞名,凱斯·哈林是1980年代紐約藝術圈傳奇先鋒派的重要成員,他們的出現重新定義了當代藝術的邊界。運用波普和街頭塗鴉風格來展現經典的圖像,哈林希望能夠將藝術變得觸手可及,他的大部分作品也都響應了當時的社會和政治事件。哈林最初將城市作

     

    致Best Buddies International的書信
    © Keith Haring Foundation

     

    他的畫布,並以地鐵裡的街頭粉筆創作而聞名;然而,他迅速的將藝術創作拓展至繪畫領域。他的許多繪畫作品都在全球諸多畫廊與機構展出,並被收錄於50多間美術館的永久收藏中。

     

    19864月,在安迪·沃荷(Andy Warhol)和尚·米榭·巴斯奇亞(Jean-Michel Basquiat) 等朋友及支持者的鼓勵下,哈林設立了他的第一間「波普商店」。通過售賣他極具辨識度的圖像復刻品,哈林將他的「波普商店」視為他「在地鐵塗鴉行動的延伸,打破高低藝術的邊界」(凱斯·哈林錄自Andrew Yarrow,《凱斯·哈林,藝術家,31歲過世:職業生涯始於地鐵塗鴉》,《紐約時報》,1990217日,截自網路)。

    創作於1990年,《最好的夥伴》是哈林生前的最後一幅版畫,創作於他去世的同一年。這件作品為一間致力於為殘障人士提供援助的國際組織"Best Buddies International"而創作,此作品完美的呈現了友誼和接納的精神。也因此為該組織募得超過50萬美金款項的並留下了深遠的意義。  

    • Provenance

      Private Collection
      Heritage Auctions, Texas, 14 November 2015, lot 70221
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Literature

      Klaus Littman ed., Keith Haring: Editions on Paper 1982-1990, Ostfildern-Ruit, 1993, pp. 184-185 (another example illustrated)

    • Catalogue Essay

      Known for his illustrative depictions of figures and symbols, Keith Haring was one of the key members of a legendary group of avant-garde New York-based artists who helped to redefine the boundaries of Modern art in the 1980s. Employing a pop-art and graffiti-like style with a range of iconic motifs, Haring aimed to make art accessible to everyone, and much of his work responded to contemporary social and political events. Using the city as his canvas, Haring’s initial fame came from his energetic chalk drawings in subway stations; however, he soon expanded his art practice to include drawings and paintings. Many of which were later shown in galleries and institutions throughout the world, with works of Haring’s now belonging in the permanent collections of over 50 museums.

      In April 1986 and as encouraged by the support of his friends and mentors, including the likes of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haring opened the first of his Pop Shop retail stores. Selling reproduction works of his universally recognisable imagery, Haring viewed Pop Shop as being ‘an extension of what [he] was doing in the subway stations, breaking down the barriers between high and low art’ (Keith Haring quoted in Andrew Yarrow, 'Keith Haring, Artist, Dies at 31; Career Began in Subway Graffiti', The New York Times, 17 February, 1990, online).

      Executed in 1990, Best Buddies was Haring’s last print produced before his death that same year. Created for Best Buddies International, an organisation offering opportunities for those living with developmental disabilities, the work captures the spirit of friendship and acceptance. It helped to raise over $500,000, thus leaving a lasting gift for the organisation and many lives touched by it.

    • 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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Best Buddies

1990
titled "BEST BUDDIES" along bottom edge; numbered '59/200' lower right; further numbered '59/200' on a certificate of authenticity issued by the Keith Haring Estate on the reverse
screenprint in colours on wove paper
sheet 66.2 x 81.3 cm. (26 1/8 x 32 in.)
frame 95.6 x 112.2 cm. (37 5/8 x 44 1/8 in.)

Published by Durham Press, Durham in 1990, this work is number 59 from an edition of 200, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Keith Haring estate.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 
€10,800-16,200
$12,800-19,200

Sold for HK$250,000

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