Keith Haring, ‘Art of Found Objects Poster’, Alternate Projects

Signed exhibition poster for the Gallery Schlesinger-Boisante exhibition, Art of Found Objects. “Keith and LA II made a work for the show which is fairly well known now. Of course, the idea of the show was art made using found objects. Keith and LA II found an old crumpled Checker cab hood and dragged it to Keith’s studio to make a work for me (Keith made a point of telling me that they dragged it for blocks to make the work). The other works by Keith & LA II were a radiator cover and a fiberglass sculpture, about six feet tall, of the statue of liberty. Work by Fab Five Freddy (Fred Brathwaite, a close friend of Basquiat) was a painting on a mattress.”_Excerpt from gallery owner Elise Boisante

Signature: signed by Fred Brathwaite, Michael Hafftka, Keith Haring, Justen Ladda, LA2 [LAROCK] and others

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