Keith Haring - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited

    San Bernardino, California State University, University Art Gallery, Point of View: Artworks from the Collection of Jeffrey Kerns, 1986

  • Literature

    J. Kerns and M. Kohn, Point of View: Artworks from the Collection of Jeffrey Kerns, exh. cat., California State University, San Bernardino, 1986 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The drawings I do have very little to do with classical, post Renaissance drawings where you try to imitate life or make it appear to be life-like. My drawings don’t try to imitate life, they try to create life, try to invent life.

    (Keith Haring, from interview with C. Flyman, September 26, 1980, in G. Celant, Keith Haring, Munich, 1992, p. 116).

  • 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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acrylic on paper
38 x 50 in. (96.5 x 127 cm)
Signed and dated "Sept. 17 - 81, K. Haring" on the reverse.

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $140,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York