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Lot 180

Keith Haring and William Burroughs 1990:
Original announcement card for “Keith Haring and William S. Burroughs, Apocalypse and the Valley at Charles Lucien Gallery.”

Medium: Folded invitation, offset printed on card stock. 1990.

Dimensions 8 x 5 ¼ inches.

Very Good overall vintage condition.

Unsigned from an …

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Charles Lucien Gallery

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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William S. Burroughs profoundly influenced literature, media and generations of youth movements. In incisive essays and fiction, multimedia and visual art, he worked to expose political, economic and cultural control systems. Burroughs graduated from Harvard in anthropology. He mentored Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg in New York, where they jointly made a pact to change the course of literature. Burroughs explored relationships between word and image and, parallel to his literary output, made photography and collage. Artist Brion Gysin introduced him to the powerful ‘cut-up’ method, leading to influential collaborations between the two. When Gysin died in 1986, Burroughs honoured his friend by producing hundreds of paintings, collages and shotgun art.

In 1988, October Gallery held his first solo exhibition outside the United States and in 1990 presented Two Collaborations: Keith Haring and William S. Burroughs. In 2012, All out of time and into space featured his space age art. In 2015, Can you all hear me? curated by Kathelin Gray, also showed artists inspired by Burroughs: Liliane Lijn, Genesis P. Orridge, Brion Gysin, Shezad Dawood and Cerith Wyn Evans. Burroughs’ work has been featured in major international galleries and museums including ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Deichtorhallen Hamburg: Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg, Germany; Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Austria; Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; New Museum, New York, USA; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK; Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, USA; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA. His work is in major collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; the British Museum, London, UK; Kochi Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan; and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Drawing Dialogue, William S. Burroughs and Philip TaaffeSemiose
2017
William S. Burroughs. Nova ConventionEspai d’art contemporani de Castelló
2016
William S. BurroughsSemiose
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Photographer and conceptual artist Tseng Kwong Chi was born in Hong Kong, educated in Canada and Paris, and settled in New York where he befriended artists in the vibrant downtown arts scene of the late 1970s and 1980s. He documented such luminaries as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, photographing these artists in intimate and revealing portraits. His best-known work, “East Meets West,” is a series of self-portraits taken at iconic sites around the world. Tseng, wearing a costume modeled after Chairman Mao, posed in front of Walter de Maria’s The Lightning Field, the World Trade Center Towers, the Golden Gate Bridge, and other famous locations.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Ben Brown Fine Arts: Celebrating 10 Years in Hong KongBen Brown Fine Arts
TSENG KWONG CHI : EAST MEETS WEST Self-portrait series 1979 - 1989Ben Brown Fine Arts
2016
The Pritzker Center for PhotographySan Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
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Keith Haring and William S. Burroughs 'Apocalypse' announcement, 1990

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8 × 5 1/4 in
20.3 × 13.3 cm
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Lot 180

Keith Haring and William Burroughs 1990:
Original announcement card for “Keith Haring and William S. …

Medium
Signature
Not signed
Frame
Not included
Publisher
Charles Lucien Gallery

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)

William S. Burroughs profoundly influenced literature, media and generations of youth movements. In incisive essays and fiction, multimedia and visual art, he worked to expose political, economic and cultural control systems. Burroughs graduated from Harvard in anthropology. He mentored Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg in New York, where they jointly made a pact to change the course of literature. Burroughs explored relationships between word and image and, parallel to his literary output, made photography and collage. Artist Brion Gysin introduced him to the powerful ‘cut-up’ method, leading to influential collaborations between the two. When Gysin died in 1986, Burroughs honoured his friend by producing hundreds of paintings, collages and shotgun art.

In 1988, October Gallery held his first solo exhibition outside the United States and in 1990 presented Two Collaborations: Keith Haring and William S. Burroughs. In 2012, All out of time and into space featured his space age art. In 2015, Can you all hear me? curated by Kathelin Gray, also showed artists inspired by Burroughs: Liliane Lijn, Genesis P. Orridge, Brion Gysin, Shezad Dawood and Cerith Wyn Evans. Burroughs’ work has been featured in major international galleries and museums including ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Deichtorhallen Hamburg: Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg, Germany; Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Austria; Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; New Museum, New York, USA; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK; Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, USA; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA. His work is in major collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; the British Museum, London, UK; Kochi Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan; and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

Photographer and conceptual artist Tseng Kwong Chi was born in Hong Kong, educated in Canada and Paris, and settled in New York where he befriended artists in the vibrant downtown arts scene of the late 1970s and 1980s. He documented such luminaries as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, photographing these artists in intimate and revealing portraits. His best-known work, “East Meets West,” is a series of self-portraits taken at iconic sites around the world. Tseng, wearing a costume modeled after Chairman Mao, posed in front of Walter de Maria’s The Lightning Field, the World Trade Center Towers, the Golden Gate Bridge, and other famous locations.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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