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Lot 180

Keith Haring Inflatable Baby 1985:
A classic original 1980s Keith Haring Pop Shop collectible that makes for unique display piece both in and out of the box. These black and white inflatable multiples were sold by Haring as affordable sculpture, and fitted perfectly with his ethos surrounding accessible art.

Medium: …

Medium
Condition
New in box. Box shows some age-related wear and is in otherwise good condition given age & medium.
Signature
1985 Haring printed signature on box
Frame
Not included
Series
Keith Haring Pop Shop
Price ranges of sculptures by Keith Haring
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$900–$1,200
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$2,700+

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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Keith Haring Inflatable Baby Haring Pop Shop 1985, 1985

Vinyl figure; screen-printed box.
20 × 32 1/2 in
50.8 × 82.6 cm
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$950
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Lot 180

Keith Haring Inflatable Baby 1985:
A classic original 1980s Keith Haring Pop Shop collectible that …

Medium
Condition
New in box. Box shows some age-related wear and is in otherwise good condition given age & medium.
Signature
1985 Haring printed signature on box
Frame
Not included
Series
Keith Haring Pop Shop
Price ranges of sculptures by Keith Haring
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$900–$1,200
This work
$0
$2,700+

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)
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