Keith Haring, ‘Montreux 17ème / Festival de Jazz’, 1983, Woodward Gallery

Vintage 1983; Custom framed 41 x 29 inches; 101.7 x 73.7 cm;
Unnumbered; Blinde stamp left lower vertical

Montreux Jazz Festival | 1983
Pride of place in the 17th edition goes to Jazz, Blues and Brazilian music ; designed by Keith Haring, the Festival poster is produced in various colored versions. Audiences attend concerts by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Buddy Guy, Charles Lloyd accompanied by Michel Petrucciani, Rickie Lee Jones, Fats Domino, Level 42, Gil Evans, James Blood Ulmer, Roy Ayers, Johnny Copeland as well as Pino Daniele, James Cotton and Willie Dixon. Ambassadors from Brazil include the young Caetano Veloso, João Bosco and Ney Matogrosso. While a Festival All Stars evening presents Freddie Hubbard, Billy Cobham and Charlie Haden, John Lee Hooker invites John Hammond and Claude Nobs on stage for a unique jam session. The Festival also offers a gospel evening with The Stars of Faith and Liz McComb.

Signature: Signed, dated with copyright symbol vertically lower right in plate "Montreux 1983 17 Eme Festival de Jazz- Juillet 8/24"

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