Keith Haring, ‘Handwritten, Hand Signed Letter on Private Stationery’, ca. 1987, Alpha 137 Gallery
Keith Haring, ‘Handwritten, Hand Signed Letter on Private Stationery’, ca. 1987, Alpha 137 Gallery

Extremely scarce, charming handwritten and hand signed letter by Keith Haring. legendary American Pop and Graffiti Artist and Activist. One page, handwritten autographed letter, signed on his personal printed stationery, to Merrill and students. Haring accepts the invitation to visit his correspondents´ school and states, "I am going to Brasil (sic) in February. Please call me so we can see if it is possible.´ A bold black ink letter, in capitals, in Haring´s hand. Haring died at the early age of only 31 of AIDS-related complications, so it is extremely uncommon to find such a charming, handwritten piece of correspondence extant. Authenticity is unconditionally guaranteed.

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Signature: Signed Keith on the bottom of the letter.

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