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Lot 180

Keith Haring Stonewall 20th Anniversary/The Center Show:
Rare, historic 1989 fold-out poster announcement illustrated by Keith Haring in conjunction with an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots at “The Center” (aka, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center on W 13th St in …

Medium
Condition
Minor wear commensurate with age & medium
Signature
Printed signature, ‘Keith Haring 89’
Frame
Not included
Series
Keith Haring Activist posters
Publisher
The Center

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 Stonewall 20th anniversary poster (Keith Haring LGBT Community Center mural), 1989

Offset lithograph
11 × 8 1/2 in
27.9 × 21.6 cm
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Lot 180

Keith Haring Stonewall 20th Anniversary/The Center Show:
Rare, historic 1989 fold-out poster …

Medium
Condition
Minor wear commensurate with age & medium
Signature
Printed signature, ‘Keith Haring 89’
Frame
Not included
Series
Keith Haring Activist posters
Publisher
The Center

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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