Keith Haring - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Monday, June 27, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Woodward Gallery, Keith Haring New York, 12 September-30 October, 2009
    New York, Leila Heller Gallery, Calligraffiti 1984/2013, 5 September-5 October, 2012

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot, Subway Drawing, 1982-84, was originally installed at the 23rd Street subway station in New York City in the early 1980’s. In 1985 Keith Haring visited his friend Steve Rubell, co-owner of the New York’s infamous nightclub, Studio 54, at his Punk rock club Palladium. Rubell asked Haring to dedicate the present lot owned by his secretary Marilyn, resulting in the inscription along the lower edge of the composition which reads 'FOR MARILYN – K. HARING 85.'

  • 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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Subway Drawing

chalk and silver marker on paper
113.7 x 74.9 cm (44 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.)
Signed, dedicated and dated 'FOR MARILYN - K. HARING 85' along the lower right edge.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £85,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2016