Keith Haring - Evening & Day Editions New York Monday, April 25, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    London, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Keith Haring: Sculptures, Paintings, and Works on Paper, June 6-August 5, 2005 (another example exhibited; illustrated p. 48)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “[Sculpture] has a kind of power that a painting doesn't have. You can't burn it. It would survive a nuclear blast probably. It has this permanent, real feeling that will exist much, much longer than I will ever exist, so it's a kind of immortality. All of it I guess, to a degree, is like that... All of the things that you make are a kind of quest for immortality” (K. Haring, quoted in Flash Art, March 1984, p. 22).

  • 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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Painted aluminum
24 1/4 x 25 in. (61.6 x 63.5 cm)
signed, dated `1989' and numbered 4/10 on the base.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $149,000

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 25 April 2016