Keith Haring, ‘Pop Shop I: one plate, with accompanying unique envelope’, 1987, Phillips
Keith Haring, ‘Pop Shop I: one plate, with accompanying unique envelope’, 1987, Phillips

Image: 10 3/8 x 13 3/8 in. (26.4 x 34 cm)
Sheet: 12 x 15 in. (30.5 x 38.1 cm)
envelope 14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7 cm)

Both signed, Pop Shop I dedicated 'Happy New Year 1988 Barbara, Tim, and Zack - Love Keith' in black ink (from the edition of 200), published by Martin Lawrence Limited Editions, New York, both framed.

From the Catalogue:
Keith Haring addressed this work directly to his dear friend Timothy Leary, whom President Nixon once described as “the most dangerous man in America.” A leading researcher in the field of psychedelics, Leary coined the infamous phrase “turn on, tune in, drop out” before some questionable experiments with LSD forced him to drop out of Harvard’s research faculty. Throughout the 1980s Leary frequented the legendary New York City dance club Paradise Garage where he cavorted with local luminaries like the singer Grace Jones. In 1984 Grace Jones herself sparked a thrilling and illustrious friendship when she introduced Leary to Keith Haring. A friendship between the drug-positive advocate and this young street artist who turned the streets of New York into his canvas was instantaneous. Only some weeks later, Haring had sent Timothy Leary a set of drawings that he made while pouring over that researcher’s boisterous autobiography. Their years-long friendship became a prolific one, resulting in innovative collaborations in art, film, and technology.
Courtesy of Phillips

Klaus Littmann p. 82

Gift of the artist

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