Totem

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  • Condition Report

  • Literature

    Klaus Littmann, pp. 158-159
    Jörg Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, Munich/New York, 2009, p. 144

  • 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

1989
Woodcut in black and red, on three sheets of Inshu-Kozu Japanese paper, the full sheets.
overall I. 183 x 55.5 cm (72 x 21 7/8 in.)
overall S. 193.5 x 88.5 cm (76 1/8 x 34 7/8 in.)

One sheet signed, dated and numbered 'HC IV/X' in pencil (one of 10 hors commerce copies, the edition was 60 and 12 artist's proofs), published by Edition Schellmann, Munich and New York, framed.

Estimate
£15,000 - 20,000 

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 23 January 2020