Keith Haring, ‘Pop Shop VI ©.’, 1989, William Weston Gallery Ltd.

Numbered in pencil from the edition of 200 (there were also 20 proofs). Published by Martin Lawrence Editions on behalf of the artist. With the Martin Lawrence label verso. With the issue blindstamp lower left.
This was image no 3 in the sixth series of four screenprints in the seminal ‘Pop Shop’ series. Haring inaugurated the Pop Shop concept in 1986. An actual ‘pop-up’ shop he used it to introduce a wider public to his imagery, both in ‘picture images’ and as symbols on decorative objects. The first ‘Pop Shop’ series of prints was issued shortly after the shop opened and the last ‘Pop Shop VI’ in 1994. All the Pop Shop images were in fact drawn and printed in the same size editions (200 plus 20 proofs) over the same period in 1989. It was Haring’s concept to issue the sets one by one over subsequent years. However in 1990 Haring died, having authorised his estate to issue the remaining prints (as here) with an authentication stamp signed and numbered by Julia Gruen, his friend and executor as he was too ill to sign himself. Thus all the prints in the last three groups (IV to VI) have this stamp, signature and numbering on the reverse (it is the only form in which they exist).
Haring was one of the most influential American artist of 1980’s. His art was founded in the forms and style of graffiti, but extremely influenced by the concepts of painters such as Dubuffet and the ‘Art Brut’. Alongside Basquiat he transformed the language of painting in the US.
Extremely fine strong impression with brilliant fresh colours. Sheet and image surface in exceptionally fine condition. On smooth pale cream/white wove paper.

Signature: Authenticated with the signature, numbering in pencil and stamp on the reverse

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