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  • Literature

    Klaus Littmann pp. 170-171

  • 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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Icons: one plate

Screenprint in colours with embossing, on Arches Cover paper, the full sheet.
S. 53.4 x 63.6 cm (21 x 25 in.)
Signed, dated '6/28/90' and numbered 200/250 by Julia Gruen (Executor for the Keith Haring Estate) in pencil on the Estate stamp on the reverse (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by Tony Shafrazi Editions, New York, framed.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £15,000

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London Auction 10 September 2020