Keith Haring - Shaping the Surface: Online Auction London Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection (gifted by the artist)
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1992)
    Wright, Chicago, 14 March 2019, lot 102
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Brussels, Galerie de la Béreaudière, KEITH HARING & his Belgian entourage, 5 September - 29 November 2019

  • 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 (Helmet and Invitation)

both signed and dated 'K. Haring 87 ⨁'
marker pen on helmet and printed paper
invitation 15.2 x 20 cm (5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
helmet 14.1 x 20.5 x 26.6 cm (5 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 10 1/2 in.)

Both executed in 1987.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £20,000

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Shaping the Surface: Online Auction

Online Auction 13 - 21 May 2020