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An original offset-lithograph poster on glazed paper by American artist Keith Haring (1958-1990) titled "Poster for Nuclear Disarmament", 1982. Signed and dated in the plate (printed) lower right. Haring had twenty-thousand copies of his first [this] poster printed on his own initiative. On June 2nd, 1982, he transported the stack of paper in a handcart to what was the largest demonstration to date against nuclear weapons and the arms race, which took place in Central Park in New York. There were one million protestors, and Haring gave his posters away for free. This was Haring's first ever original artist's poster. Though produced in a large edition, few have stood the test of time, and at that, remain in very good condition. Reference: Catalogue Raisonné: Keith Haring Posters: No. 1, pg. 8, 88; Keith Haring - Posters 2017 (Jurgen Doring, Claus von der Osten): Plate 1, pg. 106. Provenance: private collection - New York, NY. Sheet size: 24" x 18". Some minor wear to left marginal edge, few minor creases on verso which can only be seen from behind. No tears, no holes, no toning, very good edges. Besides the few described minor signs of wear associated with age, this poster truly is in excellent condition. (Please see pictures).
This original poster features his signature 'Radiant Baby' in a mushroom cloud. [Haring] - “Babies represent the possibility of the future, - the understanding of perfection, how perfect we could be. There is nothing negative about a baby, ever … The reason that the “baby” has become my logo or signature is that it is the purest and most positive experience of human existence.”
Note: Not to be confused with thousands of inkjet reproductions on the market, the works we offer here are the original vintage exhibition posters, hand-made by or under the supervision of the artist for various exhibitions they participated in and fully documented in the artist's catalogue raisonne of authentic original posters.
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Publisher: Keith Haring
Reference: Catalogue Raisonné: Keith Haring Posters: No. 1, pg. 8, 88; Keith Haring - Posters 2017 (Jurgen Doring, Claus von der Osten): Plate 1, pg. 106
private collection - New York, NY
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
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