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Lot 180

Keith Haring Dance on the Lower East Side:
Fold-out invitation designed & illustrated by Haring for a opening night benefit party at The Underground, New York, NY 1983; in conjunction with Dance on the Lower East Side - a weekend long benefit dance event at St. Marks Church, East Village 1983. Participants included …

Medium
Condition
Very good overall vintage condition
Signature
Printed signature mid-lower right
Frame
Not included

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 (formerly Futura 2000), né Lenny McGurr, launched his decades-long career in graffiti art alongside New York’s original street art vanguard in the 1970s. At that time, while most of Futura’s contemporaries were practicing traditional lettering, he pioneered abstract street art. Futura’s technique involves combining text, imagery, thin aerosol lines, swathes of vibrant color, and a distinctive use of white space to create dynamic works. Since the 1980s—when the artist began showing at Fun Gallery with Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Richard Hambleton—Futura’s works on canvas have been embraced by the fine art world. In the years since, Futura has collaborated with brands and streetwear designers to bring his iconic work to the fashion industry.

Selected exhibitions
2020
FUTURA2000 | FUTURA 2020Eric Firestone Gallery
2019
Futura: The 5 ElementsUrban Spree Galerie
RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOWPL+ Art Space
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Keith Haring Dance on the Lower East Side, 1983

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25.4 × 7.6 cm
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Lot 180

Keith Haring Dance on the Lower East Side:
Fold-out invitation designed & illustrated by Haring …

Medium
Condition
Very good overall vintage condition
Signature
Printed signature mid-lower right
Frame
Not included

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 (formerly Futura 2000), né Lenny McGurr, launched his decades-long career in graffiti art alongside New York’s original street art vanguard in the 1970s. At that time, while most of Futura’s contemporaries were practicing traditional lettering, he pioneered abstract street art. Futura’s technique involves combining text, imagery, thin aerosol lines, swathes of vibrant color, and a distinctive use of white space to create dynamic works. Since the 1980s—when the artist began showing at Fun Gallery with Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Richard Hambleton—Futura’s works on canvas have been embraced by the fine art world. In the years since, Futura has collaborated with brands and streetwear designers to bring his iconic work to the fashion industry.

Selected exhibitions (3)
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