Keith Haring, ‘International Volunteer Day (Journee Internationale Des Voluntaires) Hand Signed & Dated First Day Cover’, 1988, Alpha 137 Gallery
Keith Haring, ‘International Volunteer Day (Journee Internationale Des Voluntaires) Hand Signed & Dated First Day Cover’, 1988, Alpha 137 Gallery
Keith Haring, ‘International Volunteer Day (Journee Internationale Des Voluntaires) Hand Signed & Dated First Day Cover’, 1988, Alpha 137 Gallery
Keith Haring, ‘International Volunteer Day (Journee Internationale Des Voluntaires) Hand Signed & Dated First Day Cover’, 1988, Alpha 137 Gallery

This First Day Cover was published by the World Federation of United Nations Associations and is based on a painting by Keith Haring. It was published to celebrate International Volunteer Day (Journee Internationale Des Voluntaires) and bears the artist's printed copyright "@K. Haring February 27, 1988". This First Day Cover is, exceptionally, hand signed and dated by Keith Haring. It is especially rare and collectible when hand signed by the artist, as the present work. Accompanied by COA from Alpha 137 Gallery.

Signature: Boldly signed and dated in black marker on the recto (front)

Publisher: World Federation of United Nations Associations

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