Keith Haring, ‘Flowers I (Blue)’, 1990, michael lisi / contemporary art

Keith Haring’s, Flower portfolio is comprised of 5 large and iconic works, each composed in the artist’s distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic, one that is centered on fluid, bold outlines set against a dense, rhythmic expanse of imagery. The drip lines and splatter marks present were intentionally left by the artist as an expression of his suffering, born from the debilitating effects of AIDS. It would be only months upon this work's completion that Haring would finally succumb to his illness and leave behind a tragically beautiful legacy. Flowers I was created in 1990 as a color screenprint, is hand-signed, dated and numbered, measures 39 x 51 in. (99 x 129.5 cm.) , unframed, from the edition of 100.

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