Keith Haring, ‘2- PIECE SET, "Crack Down", 1986, Anti-Crack NYC, Benefit Concert Poster & Brochure, Color Lithograph ’, 1986, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Keith Haring, ‘2- PIECE SET, "Crack Down", 1986, Anti-Crack NYC, Benefit Concert Poster & Brochure, Color Lithograph ’, 1986, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Keith Haring, ‘2- PIECE SET, "Crack Down", 1986, Anti-Crack NYC, Benefit Concert Poster & Brochure, Color Lithograph ’, 1986, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

2- PIECE SET

1.) "Crack Down", 1986, Anti-Crack NYC , Benefit Concert Poster, color lithograph on heavy white paper, 1st and only edition, 17" x 22"in. RARE.
Condition: Near MINT- no issues, excellent colors.

2.) "Crack Down" 1986, Anti-Crack NYC , Benefit Concert Program/ Brochure, 1st and only edition, color lithograph on paper, 6" x 9"in. RARE.
Condition: Near MINT- no issues, excellent colors.

Bill Graham revisited his old Bronx neighborhood in August, 1986 and, appalled to see that the drug culture had effectively wiped out the local culture, foresaw a menacing problem in the crack craze. He teamed with David Maldonado to stage a Crack Benefit in the city, but scaled back plans several times since few shared his apprehension. Ultimately, two concerts were held; one in Madison Square Garden and the other, an all-Latin show at the Felt Forum the following night. This poster was designed by immensely popular pop-artist Keith Haring.

Signature: Not signed

Publisher: Anti-Crack Benefit, NYC

Private Collection, NY

About Keith Haring

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.

American, 1958-1990, Reading, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York