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An original five color silkscreen on heavy poster paper by American artist Keith Haring (1958-1990) titled "Lucky Strike III", 1987. From the 1987 set of 3 "Lucky Strike" Original Posters. Limited edition unknown, presumed small. Printer's imprint: Art Consultant: Pierre Keller. Printing: Albin Uldry, Bern, Switzerland. Signed in the plate lower right. Catalogue Raisonné: Keith Haring Posters: Plate 23, No. 51, page 92; Keith Haring - Posters 2017 (Jurgen Doring, Claus von der Osten): No. 54, page 116. Sheet size: 39.5" x 27.5". Rich bright colors. Professionally stored since its creation, mint condition.
The advertising posters for Lucky Strike cigarettes reflect the popular Montreux posters from 1983. According to the imprint, they were commissioned by Lucky Strike Switzerland, arranged by the art consultant Pierre Keller, who at the time taught at the Gymnase de Bugnon in Lausanne and was later director of the art college there. Haring knew him since his work on the Montreux posters. He drew the designs in June at the high school in Lausanne.
Haring produced nine designs, from which a representative from Lucky Strike selected five for the print. Thirty, fifty, or eighty copies each were printed numbered and signed. Three of these designs were also produced as posters in large editions with painted signatures, (the original poster edition offered here).
Haring gave a tenth design, with a smoking skeleton, to the high school in which he produced it, so that it could be hung up in the classroom of his friend Pierre Keller. Haring noted in his journal that the Lucky Strike representative was not very amused by it.
Note: Not to be confused with thousands of inkjet reproductions on the market, the works we offer here are the original vintage exhibition posters, hand-made by or under the supervision of the artist for various exhibitions they participated in and fully documented in the artist's catalogue raisonne of authentic original posters.
Series: From the 1987 set of 3 "Lucky Strike" original posters
Image rights: Copyright © Graves International Art
Publisher: Lucky Strike Switzerland
Catalogue Raisonné: Keith Haring Posters: Plate 23, No. 51, page 92; Keith Haring - Posters 2017 (Jurgen Doring, Claus von der Osten): No. 54, page 116.
Swiss dealer collection, professionally stored since its creation
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.
American, 1958-1990, Reading, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York
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