Keith Haring, ‘Playboy KH86’, 1990, ArtWise

Hand numbered out of 1000 in pencil, not signed. Stamped "Special Editions, LTD 1990". Stamped on the reverse "In recognition of Keith Haring's unique vision and inspiring talent Playboy Enterprises commissioned the late artist to do a number of works exclusively for Playboy Magazine. This limited edition commemorative work represents the best of Keith Haring and exemplifies the Haring philosophy that "art...gains power through imagination, invention and confrontation". This silk screen (or other work) was made without the participation or approval of Keith Haring or his estate."

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

Exhibition Highlights

2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Freja Harrell, 
New York,
Miami Basel 2015