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  • Provenance

    Galleria Ala Salvatore, Milan

  • Catalogue Essay

    Master draughtsman Keith Haring's singular, signature style has always been lauded for its simplicity and movement. To Haring, drawings were never studies for works in other mediums but autonomous creations. With its bold graphic quality, complex composition and glorious colour scheme, the painting presented here carries all hallmarks of Haring's rich body of work which was executed in the short time span before his untimely death in 1990.
    "The drawings I do have very little to do with classical, post-Renaissance drawings where you try to imitate life or make it appear to be life-like. My drawings don't try to imitate life, they try to create life, try to invent life. That's a much more so-called primitive idea, which is the reason that my drawings look like they could be Aztec or Egyptian or Aboriginal or all these other things, and why they have so much in common with them. It has the same attitude towards drawing: inventing images. You're sort of depicting life, but you're not trying to make it life-like. I don't use colours to try to look life-like, and I don't use lines to try to look life-like. It's also much more Pop, I guess, after growing up in a really carbon- and comic- dominated period. And, also, growing up with Pop art."(Keith Haring, from interview with C. Flyman, 26 September 1980,  in G. Celant, Keith Haring, Munich 1992, p. 116)

  • 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

1984
Acrylic and sumi ink on card.
70 x 100 cm (27 1/2 x 39 1/2 in).
This work is registered with the Keith Haring Foundation and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.  

Estimate
£150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for £157,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2010
London