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Keith Haring, ‘Best Buddie’, 1990, Heritage Auctions
Keith Haring, ‘Best Buddie’, 1990, Heritage Auctions

Published by Durham Press, Durham LITERATURE: Littmann, 82

Condition Report: Toning verso; moderate foxing to margins and image; surface soil; mild obtrusive rubbing, most notbaly to the yellow areas; adhesive residue along upper edge verso. Print Grade: 6/10.

Signature: Titled and numbered in pencil in lower margin with publisher's blindstamp

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

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