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  • Provenance

    Gift of the artist

  • Literature

    Klaus Littmann p. 82

  • Catalogue Essay

    Keith Haring addressed this work directly to his dear friend Timothy Leary, whom President Nixon once described as “the most dangerous man in America.” A leading researcher in the field of psychedelics, Leary coined the infamous phrase “turn on, tune in, drop out” before some questionable experiments with LSD forced him to drop out of Harvard’s research faculty. Throughout the 1980s Leary frequented the legendary New York City dance club Paradise Garage where he cavorted with local luminaries like the singer Grace Jones. In 1984 Grace Jones herself sparked a thrilling and illustrious friendship when she introduced Leary to Keith Haring. A friendship between the drug-positive advocate and this young street artist who turned the streets of New York into his canvas was instantaneous. Only some weeks later, Haring had sent Timothy Leary a set of drawings that he made while pouring over that researcher’s boisterous autobiography. Their years-long friendship became a prolific one, resulting in innovative collaborations in art, film, and technology.

  • 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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Pop Shop I: one plate, with accompanying unique envelope

Screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins and the accompanying addressed envelope to Timothy Leary.
I. 10 3/8 x 13 3/8 in. (26.4 x 34 cm)
S. 12 x 15 in. (30.5 x 38.1 cm)
envelope 14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7 cm)

Both signed, Pop Shop I dedicated 'Happy New Year 1988 Barbara, Tim, and Zack - Love Keith' in black ink (from the edition of 200), published by Martin Lawrence Limited Editions, New York, both framed.

$7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for $15,000

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New York Auction 24 April 2018