Keith Haring, ‘Pop Shop Signage (Skateboards)’, ca. 1986-1991, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
Advertising branded merchandise sold in Keith Haring’s Pop Shop, the following works by Haring belong to the Manhattan store’s general manager from the late 1980’s to early 1990’s. Haring opened his retail store on Lafayette Street in 1986 following years of deliberation and discussion with close friend and mentor, Andy Warhol, on the fine line between commercialism and his desire to maintain the respect of the art world. The hugely successful Pop Shop acted as a clubhouse and information center for Haring’s work, an immersive experience that was an extension of his artistic vision and that allowed him to make his widely popular imagery accessible to everyone, from collectors to kids from the Bronx.
Courtesy of Phillips

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

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