Keith Haring - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, May 16, 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

    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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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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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 17 May 2013 10am