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  • Provenance

    Fun Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    "The reason that the 'baby' has become my logo or signature is that it is the purest and most positive experience of human existence," wrote Haring in his journal in 1986. "Children are color-blind and still free of all the complications, greed and hatred that will slowly be instilled in them through life." Recognizing that early exposure to artwork and unfettered creative expression can go a long way in opening up new modes of viewing the world, Haring was tireless in his work with children of all ages and backgrounds. Collaborating on murals with kids in America's hardest-hit inner cities and giving drawing workshops at museums everywhere form Bordeaux to Tokyo, Haring encouraged a world view that rendered racial, cultural and sexual differences unimportant in the face of a commonly shared humanity. "Whatever else I am," he mused in a 1987 journal entry, " I'm sure I, at least, have been a good companion to a lot of children and maybe have touched their lives in a way that will be passed on through time, and taught them a kind of simple lesson of sharing and caring."

    A. Codrington, “Keith’s Kids”, Sphere Magazine, 1997.

  • 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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Gold metallic marker on metal.
2 x 42 x 1 in. (5.1 x 106.7 x 2.5 cm)
Signed and dated "May 5 - 1981 K. Haring" on the reverse. The Keith Haring Studio, LLC. has confirmed that they will provide the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity for this work.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

8 November 2011
New York