Keith Haring, ‘Best Buddies’, 1990, New River Fine Art

Best Buddies International was founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization consists of volunteers that create mentors, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Keith Haring was the first artist to donate a work of art to Best Buddies and his bright image of friendship became the official logo. The artistic community enthusiastically embraced the mission and the Best Buddies art program raised thousands of dollars for the worthy cause from the sale of art from Haring, Robert Rauschenberg.Julian Schnabel, Roy Lichtenstein, Kenny Scharf, William Wegman, Mark Kostabi and others. New River Fine Art will donate a portion of proceeds from all sales of Best Buddies art to this worthy cause.

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