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Keith Haring, the street artist who famously declared that “art is for everybody,” started designing posters in 1982, while he was still a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Haring was drawn to posters because they were a democratic medium—a great way to share his bright designs and graphic characters …

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Lot 180

Keith Haring, Fill Your Head with Fun! Start Reading! 1988

Vintage original Keith Haring illustrated poster produced for the New York Public Library system in 1988 to promote literacy. Original 1st printing produced during Haring's lifetime (Catalogue Raisonne: Keith Haring Posters; Prestel).

Bold, vibrant …

Medium
Condition
Good to very good given age and medium
Signature
Plate signed on mid-lower right
Frame
Not included
Publisher
New York Public Library/Keith Haring
Image rights
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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, Fill Your Head with Fun! Start Reading! (Keith Haring prints), 1988

Off-set lithograph in black, red, yellow and blue; printed on heavy glossy paper
32 × 24 in
81.3 × 61 cm
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US$2,450
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Keith Haring, the street artist who famously declared that “art is for everybody,” started …

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Lot 180

Keith Haring, Fill Your Head with Fun! Start Reading! 1988

Vintage original Keith Haring …

Medium
Condition
Good to very good given age and medium
Signature
Plate signed on mid-lower right
Frame
Not included
Publisher
New York Public Library/Keith Haring
Image rights
Listing images copyright Lot 180 LLC
Price ranges of medium-sized posters by Keith Haring
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$2,450–$2,800
This work
$0
$7,350+

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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