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Lot 180

Keith Haring at Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, 1988:
Rare vintage 1980s Haring announcement card produced during the artist's lifetime.

Offset printed gallery announcement.
Approximate dimensions: 4.25 x 6 inches.
Minor surface wear in a few areas; otherwise good overall condition; post-marked 1988 on the verso.

Medium
Condition
Minor surface wear in a few areas; otherwise good overall condition
Signature
Not signed
Frame
Not included
Publisher
Michael Kohn Gallery

Bridging the gap between the art world and the street, Keith Haring rose to prominence in the early 1980s with his graffiti drawings made in the subways and on the sidewalks of New York City. Combining the appeal of cartoons with the raw energy of Art Brut artists like Jean DuBuffet, Haring developed a distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic centered on fluid, bold outlines against a dense, rhythmic overspread of imagery like that of babies, barking dogs, flying saucers, hearts, and Mickey Mouse. In his subway drawings and murals, Haring explored themes of exploitation, subjugation, drug abuse, and rising fears of nuclear holocaust, which became increasingly apocalyptic after his AIDS diagnosis. Alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Jenny Holzer, Haring is regarded as a leading figure in New York East Village Art scene in the 1970s and '80s.

High auction record
$6.5m, Sotheby's, 2017
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Keith Haring - Party of Life / GenevaOpera Gallery
Keith HaringCentre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
2014
Keith Haring: The Political Linede Young Museum
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1980s Keith Haring announcement card, 1988

Gallery announcement
6 1/4 × 4 1/4 in
15.9 × 10.8 cm
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$320
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Lot 180

Keith Haring at Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, 1988:
Rare vintage 1980s Haring announcement card …

Medium
Condition
Minor surface wear in a few areas; otherwise good overall condition
Signature
Not signed
Frame
Not included
Publisher
Michael Kohn Gallery

Bridging the gap between the art world and the street, Keith Haring rose to prominence in the early 1980s with his graffiti drawings made in the subways and on the sidewalks of New York City. Combining the appeal of cartoons with the raw energy of Art Brut artists like Jean DuBuffet, Haring developed a distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic centered on fluid, bold outlines against a dense, rhythmic overspread of imagery like that of babies, barking dogs, flying saucers, hearts, and Mickey Mouse. In his subway drawings and murals, Haring explored themes of exploitation, subjugation, drug abuse, and rising fears of nuclear holocaust, which became increasingly apocalyptic after his AIDS diagnosis. Alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Jenny Holzer, Haring is regarded as a leading figure in New York East Village Art scene in the 1970s and '80s.

High auction record
$6.5m, Sotheby's, 2017
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Keith Haring
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