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  • Literature

    Klaus Littmann pp. 174-183

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Blueprint Drawings

    These 17 drawings were created over a period of a few weeks between December 1980 and January 1981. The original drawings were executed on vellum with Sumi ink because I intended to make blueprint copies of each of the drawings. Periodically I would take my drawings to the local blueprinters, where I had much enjoyment trying to explain the content of these works to the men who operated the blueprint machines. After a few weeks, everyone in the shop was familiar with my drawings. This was also the time I began drawing in the NYC subways.

    The drawings were exhibited in a small gallery space at Westbeth Painter’s Space in February 1981. It was my first one-man exhibition in New York City. The exhibition lasted for one week, during which time I sold several blueprint copies of the drawings, but no original drawings. Since then many of the drawings have been sold and I don’t know their whereabouts. However, before I sold any of them I made photostats of each of the drawings. These prints were made from those stats. They form a perfect time capsule of my beginning in New York City.

    Keith Haring
    New York City
    4 January 1990

  • 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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The Blueprint Drawings (L. pp. 174-183)

1990
The complete set of 17 screenprints, on Arches Cover paper, with full margins, with justification, all contained in the original wood portfolio box with screenprinted artist's name, title and date.
smallest I. 39 x 42 in. (99.1 x 106.7 cm)
largest S. 42 1/2 x 79 in. (108 x 200.7 cm)

All signed, dated and numbered 14/33 in pencil, published by Durham Press, Durham, Pennsylvania (with their blindstamp), all unframed.

Estimate
$275,000 - 350,000 

Sold for $554,400

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