Keith Haring, ‘Fight Aids Worldwide’, 1990, michael lisi / contemporary art

Commissioned by the United Nations not long before the artist’s death, Keith Haring created Fight Aids Worldwide in support of the international effort to fund AIDS research. Created during his lifetime, the print was published posthumously shortly after the artist died of the same disease. This original lithograph, containing the actual cancelled US postal stamp lower right, is hand-signed in pencil and certified by Julia Gruen, Executrix of the Haring estate. Measuring 11 x 8 ½ inches (28 x 20.3 cm), unframed, the artwork is hand-numbered from the edition of 1000.

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