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Lot 180

Keith Haring Cleveland 1984:
Original Keith Haring illustrated exhibition poster to “Champions,” Feb 17 - Mar 23, 1984 at The Contemporary Art Center of Cleveland.

A show which historically featured:
James Brown, Ronnie Curtone, Brett De Palma, Dan Friedman, Futura 2000, Keith Haring, & Kenny Scharf.

Offset …

Medium
Signature
Printed signature lower right
Frame
Not included
Publisher
The Contemporary Art Center of Cleveland

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.

High auction record
$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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Futura 2000
Exhibitions
2020
HYBRIDSCFHILL
2018
Janette Beckman, The Mash UpFahey/Klein Gallery
Futura 2000

Keith Haring Champions: Contemporary Art Center of Cleveland poster, 1984

Offset lithograph
27 1/2 × 19 3/5 in
69.9 × 49.8 cm
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Lot 180

Keith Haring Cleveland 1984:
Original Keith Haring illustrated exhibition poster to “Champions,” Feb …

Medium
Signature
Printed signature lower right
Frame
Not included
Publisher
The Contemporary Art Center of Cleveland

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.

High auction record
$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)
Futura 2000
Exhibitions (2)
Other works by Keith Haring
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