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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist in 1982

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is a drawing on the inside cover of the Exhibition Catalogue, Keith Haring, produced by Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York in 1982. The exhibition catalogue is sold as part of the lot.
     
    A truly exceptional document of the 1980’s, this catalogue functioned as a gift to visitors on the night of Keith’s first major gallery show. It was a way to share Keith’s ephemeral work with his then expanding audience, most of whom he had met while creating his chalk drawings in the subways of New York City.
     
    Several of the books were annotated and signed by the artist at the gallery upon the request of people visiting the exhibition. The texts herein are timely and personal, including a thoughtful entry by David Shapiro, which recounts his arrival to Keith’s studio with a weighty list of questions for the artist whose clever response was, “let’s publish the questions!”
     
    Its small scale, many illustrations and photographs of the city and the artist himself, and most importantly, hand drawn dedications, allude to a personal scrap book brimming with memories of the 80s and the artist who defined the decade.

  • 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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Untitled

1982
Marker on exhibition catalogue.
9 1/4 x 9 in. (23.5 x 22.9 cm).

Signed, inscribed and dated “For Terry & Bill, K. Haring 82 ” on the inside cover.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $12,500

80s

17 December 2010
New York