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  • Literature

    Klaus Littmann p. 184-85

  • Catalogue Essay

    Three friends, Keith Haring, Chris Murray and Anthony Shriver, turned a friendship formed at the Govinda Gallery, which was just steps from Georgetown University, into a lasting legacy. When Anthony Shriver, the nephew of President Kennedy, founded the Best Buddies organization he turned to his friends from the gallery where he hosted organizational meetings and planned fundraisers. Best Buddies enlisted university students to help create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. Haring acquiesced to his friends’ request that he design a logo for the organization. The artist also agreed to make a print of the image in order to help with raising additional funds. Keith Haring died before he was able to sign the edition. Best Buddies was the artist’s last print and it helped to raise over $500,000, leaving a lasting gift for the organization and the many lives touched by it.

    Phillips is honored to offer this last impression of the edition from the personal collection of Chris Murray, who was gifted the piece by Keith Haring in recognition of his support and friendship.

  • 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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Best Buddies

1990
Screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins.
I. 22 x 27 5/8 in. (55.9 x 70.2 cm)
S. 26 x 32 in. (66 x 81.3 cm)

Titled and numbered 9/200 on the front in pencil, additionally signed by Julia Gruen, the executor of the Keith Haring Foundation, dated and numbered on the reverse, unframed.

Estimate
$18,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $37,500

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New York Auction 23 April 2019