Keith Haring - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 17, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gifted to Francis Bogaert
    Private Collection
    Artcurial, Paris, Contemporary Art 2, October 23, 2007, lot 988
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot was signed by the artist and dedicated to Francis Bogaert, press agent to the founder and director of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, Claude Nobs. Haring was selected by Claude Nobs and foundation member Pierre Keller to design their official festival poster in 1983. Subsequent to this, Haring was invited to design official posters for the festival in 1985 and again in 1986, in collaboration with Andy Warhol.

  • Artist Biography

    Keith Haring

    American • 1958 - 1990

    Haring's art and life typified youthful exuberance and fearlessness. While seemingly playful and transparent, Haring dealt with weighty subjects such as death, sex and war, enabling subtle and multiple interpretations. 

    Throughout his tragically brief career, Haring refined a visual language of symbols, which he called icons, the origins of which began with his trademark linear style scrawled in white chalk on the black unused advertising spaces in subway stations. Haring developed and disseminated these icons far and wide, in his vibrant and dynamic style, from public murals and paintings to t-shirts and Swatch watches. His art bridged high and low, erasing the distinctions between rarefied art, political activism and popular culture. 

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felt-tip pen on inside cover of exhibition catalogue produced by Tony Shafrazi, 1982
closed 9 x 9 7/8 in. (22.9 x 25.1 cm.)
Signed, dedicated and dated "For Francis, K. Haring '83" on the interior of the book cover. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Estate of Keith Haring.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $12,500

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Amanda Stoffel
Head of Sale
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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 17 May 2013 10am