Keith Haring - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale New York Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Beauborg, Paris
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, London, June 22, 2005, lot 45
    Private Collection, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Gianni Mercurio and Demetrio Paparoni eds., The Keith Haring Show, Milan, 2005, no. 31, pp. 190-191 (illustrated as Untitled)

  • 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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Snake and Man; Dogs and Men

signed and dated "K. Haring April 11-83" on the reverse of each element
marker pen on wooden doors, in 2 parts
each 100 3/8 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (255 x 74.9 x 3.2 cm.)
overall 100 3/8 x 59 x 1 1/4 in. (255 x 149.9 x 3.2 cm.)

Executed in 1983.

$700,000 - 1,000,000 

Sold for $1,102,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

New York Auction 16 November 5 PM EST