Totem

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  • Literature

    Edition Schellmann pp.144-145

  • Artist Bio

    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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Totem

1988
Carved plywood painted with enamel in colours,
183 x 55.7 x 4.8 cm (72 x 21 7/8 x 1 7/8 in.)
signed, dated '88' and numbered 7/35 in black felt-tip pen on a plaque affixed to the reverse (there were also 7 artist's proofs), published by Edition Schellmann, Munich and New York.

Estimate
£70,000 - 100,000 

sold for £146,500

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