Keith Haring - Modern & Contemporary Art: Evening & Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2024 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Popeye magazine editor, Tokyo
    Private Collection, Tokyo
    Swann Galleries, New York, 12 May 2022, lot 322
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    'The World is Smiling on His Side: Keith Haring', Popeye, 10 January 1983, pp. 75, 97 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Keith Haring

    American • 1958 - 1990

    Haring's art and life typified youthful exuberance and fearlessness. While seemingly playful and transparent, Haring dealt with weighty subjects such as death, sex and war, enabling subtle and multiple interpretations. 

    Throughout his tragically brief career, Haring refined a visual language of symbols, which he called icons, the origins of which began with his trademark linear style scrawled in white chalk on the black unused advertising spaces in subway stations. Haring developed and disseminated these icons far and wide, in his vibrant and dynamic style, from public murals and paintings to t-shirts and Swatch watches. His art bridged high and low, erasing the distinctions between rarefied art, political activism and popular culture. 

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Untitled (Drawing for "Popeye")

signed, titled and dated 'DRAWING FOR "POPEYE" Keith Haring 82 NOV. 12' right margin
felt-tip pen and ink on paper
folded: 35.2 x 35.2 cm (13 7/8 x 13 7/8 in.)
sheet: 35.2 x 43 cm (13 7/8 x 16 7/8 in.)

Executed in 1982.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £50,800

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Modern & Contemporary Art: Evening & Day Sale

London Auction 27 June 2024