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In the 1980s, Keith Haring turned the New York City subway into his art studio, using chalk to etch his now-famous designs wherever he could find space. One of these designs was a crawling child or “Radiant Baby,” which Haring called “the purest and most positive experience of human existence.” Haring often used the …

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Lot 180

Vintage 1980s Keith Haring illustrated announcement card, Club DV8 San Francisco 1987:
A rare silkscreen printed announcement card designed by Haring in conjunction with the 2nd anniversary of the "Keith Haring DV8 Construction Party", Friday December 4th, 1987; CLVB DV8, San Francisco.

4.1 x 5.5 inches
Very …

Medium
Condition
Very good
Signature
Printed signature
Frame
Not included
Series
Keith Haring DV8 San Francisco
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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 DV8 announcement (Keith Haring San Francisco 1987), 1987

Offset printed invitation
4 1/10 × 5 1/2 in
10.4 × 14 cm
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US$450
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In the 1980s, Keith Haring turned the New York City subway into his art studio, using chalk to etch …

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Lot 180

Vintage 1980s Keith Haring illustrated announcement card, Club DV8 San Francisco 1987:
A rare …

Medium
Condition
Very good
Signature
Printed signature
Frame
Not included
Series
Keith Haring DV8 San Francisco
Price ranges of small posters by Keith Haring
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$450–$475
This work
$0
$675+

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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