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Lot 180

Keith Haring Bearbrick Vinyl Figures: Set of two (400% & 100%):
A unique, timeless collectible trademarked & licensed by the Estate of Keith Haring. The partnered collectible reveals the late iconic artist’s artwork from the mid 1980s wrapping the figure in its entirety. Housed in a standout Keith Haring …

Medium
Condition
New
Signature
Estate trademark
Frame
Not included
Manufacturer
Medicom

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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[email protected] are among the world’s most collectible objects. While the plastic teddy-bear figurines have been decorated with innumerable patterns over the years, classic collaborations feature the iconography of artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and KAWS, and brands such as Chanel, A Bathing Ape (BAPE), and Disney. [email protected] are produced by Japanese company Medicom Toy and have sold for high five-figure prices at auction. Yet others are considerably more affordable, depending on the toy’s collaborator, rarity, material, and size. A mash-up of street culture and fine art, [email protected] enjoy a wide and elite collector base, from the music producer Pharrell Williams to Vogue’s former creative director Grace Coddington.

Exhibitions
2021
Curator Style 2021 Valentine's Day Gift GuideCurator Style
2020
POP UP Exhibition: Contemporary ArtMK Art Invest Group
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Keith Haring Bearbrick 400% Companion (Haring DesignerCon [email protected]), 2018

Cast Resin Figurine
11 × 5 × 4 in
27.9 × 12.7 × 10.2 cm
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Lot 180

Keith Haring Bearbrick Vinyl Figures: Set of two (400% & 100%):
A unique, timeless collectible …

Medium
Condition
New
Signature
Estate trademark
Frame
Not included
Manufacturer
Medicom

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)

[email protected] are among the world’s most collectible objects. While the plastic teddy-bear figurines have been decorated with innumerable patterns over the years, classic collaborations feature the iconography of artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and KAWS, and brands such as Chanel, A Bathing Ape (BAPE), and Disney. [email protected] are produced by Japanese company Medicom Toy and have sold for high five-figure prices at auction. Yet others are considerably more affordable, depending on the toy’s collaborator, rarity, material, and size. A mash-up of street culture and fine art, [email protected] enjoy a wide and elite collector base, from the music producer Pharrell Williams to Vogue’s former creative director Grace Coddington.

Exhibitions (2)
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