Keith Haring, ‘Poster for Nuclear Disarmament’, 1982, Alternate Projects
Keith Haring, ‘Poster for Nuclear Disarmament’, 1982, Alternate Projects

Signature: signed and dated in the print

Image rights: Haring self-published twenty-thousand copies of this poster on his own initiative . On June 2, 1982, he stacked all the posters in a handcart and took them to Central Park for the largest demonstration to date against nuclear weapons and the arms race. Haring gave his posters away for free to the protestors who numbered close to one million. This was Haring's first original artist poster and although it was published in a large edition, few copies exist today and even fewer exist in good condition. catalogue Raisonné: Keith Haring Posters: No. 1, pg. 8, 88 some yellowing- overall good vintage condition; comes rolled

Publisher: self-published

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