Keith Haring - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 17, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    André Emmerich Gallery Inc., New York; Private Collection, Portugal

  • Exhibited

    New York, André Emmerich Gallery Inc., Keith Haring: Sculpture and Drawings, 1997

  • Literature

    R. Pincus-Witten, J. Deitch & D.Shapiro, Keith Haring, New York, 1982, p. 105 (illustrated)

  • 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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Untitled (Smile Boy)

1981
Ink on paper.
55.9 × 76.2 cm (22 × 30 in).
Signed and dated ‘K.Haring Sept 27-81’ on the reverse.

Estimate
£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £37,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

18 Feb 2011
London