Keith Haring, ‘Merry Christmas/Envelope’, Skinner
Keith Haring, ‘Merry Christmas/Envelope’, Skinner

15.5 x 11.75 in. (39.3 x 29.8 cm),

N.B. Keith Haring addressed this work to Brigid Berlin, an artist, socialite, and close friend of Andy Warhol, at the address of Warhol's New York City studio, known as the Factory. Warhol moved his Factory to 22 East 33rd Street in 1984.

Inscribed "TO:/BRIGID/22 EAST 33RD/NYC./683-500/FROM:/KEITH HARING/611 BROADWAY/ROOM 428" on the verso.

Condition: Scattered creases and staining, tears to edges, the stickers on the verso have come unglued in places.
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Signature: Inscribed and signed "FOR BRIGID-/MERRY CHRISTMAS!!/HO-HO-HO-Keith" within the composition.

Gift of the artist to Brigid Berlin; Private Collection, New York; Sotheby's, New York, Contemporary Art, June 8, 2012, Sale N09970, Lot 34; private collection.

About Keith Haring

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