Keith Haring, ‘""HAPPY BIRTHDAY 1985 JOHN SEX- LOVE, KEITH", Brooke Shields by Richard Avedon and Keith", 1985,  TEST Poster, SIGNED / DATED / INSCRIBED to John SEX (twice), UNIQUE’, 1985, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Keith Haring, ‘""HAPPY BIRTHDAY 1985 JOHN SEX- LOVE, KEITH", Brooke Shields by Richard Avedon and Keith", 1985,  TEST Poster, SIGNED / DATED / INSCRIBED to John SEX (twice), UNIQUE’, 1985, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

a UNIQUE piece of 1980's NYC ARTSEEN ephemera.

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY 1985 JOHN SEX- LOVE, KEITH",
Brooke Shields by Richard Avedon and Keith Haring, Poster, 1985, UNIQUE Test Version, Double Image, Signed / Dated / Inscribed Twice- John Sex at upper left & lower right corners by KH (replicating double image), offset print in colors on smooth wove paper, published by Andrew Grenshaw Ltd. New York,
25-1/2 x 36 in. (64.8 x 91.4 cm).
Condition:
Near MINT- slight crease at right bottom corner(see pics).
Provenance:
John Sex, NY (performance artist)
Heritage Auctions, NY
Private Collection, Miami

Note:
John Sex (John McLaughlin), attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he knew Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He often used the print studio there to create punk-style posters for downtown bands, and later for himself. He exhibited some of his word-based art at the "Beyond Words" show at the Mudd Club – alongside artists such as Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Futura 2000 and performers Iggy Pop, Fab Five Freddy and Alan Vega – and at the "New York / New Wave" exhibition at P.S. 1, both in 1981.

original version of this poster is available

Signature: Signed / dated / annotated twice in ink upper left & lower right corners (replicating double image) "HAPPY BIRTHDAY 1985 JOHN SEX- LOVE, KEITH"

Publisher: Andrew Grenshaw Ltd. New York

John Sex, NY (performance artist)
Heritage Auctions, NY
Private Collection, Miami

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

About Richard Avedon

Although Richard Avedon’s celebrated fashion photographs have graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Life, the artist primarily referred to himself as a portrait photographer. Avedon’s fashion shots are profoundly dramatic and dynamic, often capturing the model in motion. Along with his own acquaintances and various ordinary people, Avedon took photographs of celebrities, politicians, and other public figures ranging from Bertrand Russell to Marilyn Monroe. In both his commercial assignments and his portrait work, Avedon’s meticulous approach and penetrating gaze sought to capture the essence of each unique subject and moment in time.

American, 1923-2004, New York, New York

Solo Shows

2012
New York,
Richard Avedon: Murals & Portraits

About John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin’s work fuses Zen painting, Constructivism, and hard-edged Minimalism in geometric compositions of lines, squares, and rectangles rendered in a palette of primary colors. Exploring harmonies of color, shape, and composition, McLaughlin sought to “communicate only to the extent that the painting will serve to induce or intensify the viewer’s natural desire for contemplation without the benefit of a guiding principle,” he said. His paintings can be understood as descending from the work of seminal abstractionists Kasimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian, pioneers in the exploration of the sublime potential of pure color and form. McLaughlin first studied painting in Japan while serving as an intelligence officer during World War II, and he later settled in California. His body of work served as inspiration for the artists of the California Light and Space Movement.

American, 1898-1976, Sharon, Massachusetts, based in Dana Point, California

Group Shows

Fair History on Artsy

2015
Valerie Carberry Gallery at ADAA: The Art Show 2015
2014
Mark Borghi Fine Art at Art Miami 2014

About Wade Guyton

Wade Guyton is best known for works on paper and canvas that exploit the painterly but erratic qualities of Inkjet printers. Employing large-format printers on pre-primed linen intended for oil painting, Guyton generates marks—typically Xs, stripes, and flames—that are irregularly absorbed to create random variations and patterns; seams and divisions in the composition result from folding and repeatedly feeding linen into the machine. In a recent series of black monochromes, paintings were overprinted with a Photoshop-drawn black rectangle.

American, b. 1972, Hammond, Indiana, based in New York, New York

Group Shows

2017
University of Tennessee School of Art, 
Knoxville,
Limited Box Edition
2013
Lugano,
Out of the Blue