Keith Haring - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale New York Tuesday, November 15, 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

    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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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