Keith Haring, ‘Collection of Haring Ephemera’, 1982-1990, Artificial Gallery

[New York: n.p., 1982-1990]. 20 pieces of ephemera related to Haring's exhibitions and charitable endeavours during the 1980's. Much of the ephemera relates to the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), and the Great Peace March, advocacy organizations with which Haring was intimately involved. The collection begins in 1982 and continues through til Haring's untimely death in 1990, assembling a snapshot of Haring's activism, artistic practice, and their interrelation during the AIDS epidemic. Cards range in size from 4 x 5 to 6 x 9 inches, most in near fine condition, with occasional postage stamping and address stickers affixed to verso. Includes notable 8 x 8 inch and 6 x 9 inch envelope stuffed with original matter.

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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