Keith Haring, the street artist who famously declared that “art is for everybody,” started designing posters in 1982, while he was still a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Haring was drawn to posters because they were a democratic medium—a great way to share his bright designs and graphic characters …

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Lot 180

Keith Haring Fun Gallery 1983:
Original Keith Haring illustrated Fun Gallery Exhibition Poster, 1983 published on the occasion of Haring's historic exhibition at the much fabled East Village gallery. A classic array of early Haring imagery that reveals red and black interlocking figures, including 2 that are upside …

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Minor signs of handling; otherwise very good overall with bright crisp colors.
Signature
Not signed
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Frame
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Series
Keith Haring at Fun Gallery, New York, 1983
Publisher
Fun Gallery
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Keith Haring rose to prominence in 1980s New York within the East Village art scene alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Jenny Holzer. He bridged the gap between the art world and the street, graffiting city subways and sidewalks before committing to a studio practice. Haring united the appeal of cartoons with the raw energy of Art Brut artists such as Jean DuBuffet as he developed a distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic that comprised energetic, boldly outlined figures against solid or patterned backdrops. His major themes included exploitation, subjugation, drug abuse, and the threat of nuclear holocaust; Haring boldly engaged with social issues, especially after receiving an AIDS diagnosis in 1987. Today, his work sells for seven figures at auction and has been the subject of solo shows at the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Albertina Museum in Vienna, among other institutions.

High auction record
US$6.5m, Sotheby's, 2017
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Keith Haring - Party of Life / GenevaOpera Gallery
Keith HaringCentre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
2014
Keith Haring: The Political Linede Young Museum
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Keith Haring 1983 Fun Gallery exhibition poster, 1983

Offset lithograph in colors on wove paper
29 × 23 in
73.7 × 58.4 cm
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US$4,250
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Keith Haring, the street artist who famously declared that “art is for everybody,” started …

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Lot 180

Keith Haring Fun Gallery 1983:
Original Keith Haring illustrated Fun Gallery Exhibition Poster, 1983 …

Medium
Condition
Minor signs of handling; otherwise very good overall with bright crisp colors.
Signature
Not signed
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)
Frame
Not included
Series
Keith Haring at Fun Gallery, New York, 1983
Publisher
Fun Gallery
Image rights
Listing images copyright Lot 180 LLC
Price ranges of medium-sized posters by Keith Haring
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$4,200–$4,550
This work
$0
$7,350+

Keith Haring rose to prominence in 1980s New York within the East Village art scene alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Jenny Holzer. He bridged the gap between the art world and the street, graffiting city subways and sidewalks before committing to a studio practice. Haring united the appeal of cartoons with the raw energy of Art Brut artists such as Jean DuBuffet as he developed a distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic that comprised energetic, boldly outlined figures against solid or patterned backdrops. His major themes included exploitation, subjugation, drug abuse, and the threat of nuclear holocaust; Haring boldly engaged with social issues, especially after receiving an AIDS diagnosis in 1987. Today, his work sells for seven figures at auction and has been the subject of solo shows at the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Albertina Museum in Vienna, among other institutions.

High auction record
US$6.5m, Sotheby's, 2017
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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