Keith Haring, ‘Italia 83, Lucio Amelio Gallery, Napoli, signed and inscribed to Andy Warhol's last boyfriend Jon Gould, acquired directly from the Gould Estate’, 1983, Alpha 137 Gallery
Keith Haring, ‘Italia 83, Lucio Amelio Gallery, Napoli, signed and inscribed to Andy Warhol's last boyfriend Jon Gould, acquired directly from the Gould Estate’, 1983, Alpha 137 Gallery
Keith Haring, ‘Italia 83, Lucio Amelio Gallery, Napoli, signed and inscribed to Andy Warhol's last boyfriend Jon Gould, acquired directly from the Gould Estate’, 1983, Alpha 137 Gallery

Own an incredible piece of Pop Art history! How often does one find a new work by Keith Haring - personally dedicated to his friend and colleague Andy Warhol's very last boyfriend Jon Gould - that has not been seen since the 1980s? This stunning, vintage offset lithograph poster designed by Haring is scarce enough; It was published on the occasion of the artist's exhibition in May, 1983 at the Lucio Amelio Gallery in Naples, Italy. Haring then hand signs and dates it 1983 on the opposite side to his plate signature - in Haring's trademark signature with doodle. The work is also, exceptionally, inscribed by Haring to Jon -- Jon Gould, a New England educated former Vice President of Corporate Communications Paramount Pictures - but whose real claim to fame was as Andy Warhol's last boyfriend. This work has impressive provenance. It was acquired from the widely publicized sale of the collection of Jon Gould - -a treasure trove of valuable gifts and art works by Warhol, Haring and Basquiat to Gould - that had not been seen in more than a quarter of a century. This is one of the works from that impressive sale - an absolute must have for true Warhol and Haring fans! Below are links to two of the many articles about the Jon Gould collection:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/arts/design/at-auction-unknown-warhol-sculpture-that-was-gift-to-boyfriend.html

https://news.artnet.com/market/warhol-john-mcinnes-auction-1162280

In good vintage condition; minor tears and handling and signs of aging - see photos; otherwise surprisingly well preserved. A terrific find.

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Signature: Boldly signed and dated in black marker with Haring's trademark squiggle and inscribed "For Jon"

Acquired directly from the sale of the estate of Jon Gould, Andy Warhol's last boyfriend. Below are articles about the sale:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/arts/design/at-auction-unknown-warhol-sculpture-that-was-gift-to-boyfriend.html

https://news.artnet.com/market/warhol-john-mcinnes-auction-1162280

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