Keith Haring - 20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Cornette de Saint Cyr, Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, November 22, 1998, lot 110
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Untitled (Beast)

incised with the artist's name and date "K. Haring 83" and signed, dedicated and dated "For Kyle Merry Christmas 83 Keith" on the reverse
oil, acrylic and marker on carved wood
11 x 15 3/4 in. (28 x 40 cm.)
Executed in 1983.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $118,750

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John McCord
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New York
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20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019