Keith Haring, ‘Radiant Baby’, 1990, michael lisi / contemporary art

Radiant Baby,” Haring’s most seminal character, typifies the artist’s iconographic and hieroglyphic style. Created while dying of AIDS, the White Embossed Icon suite has no more important image than this. Created as a screenprint with embossing, the suite was completed after the artist’s death and as a result, is hand-signed, dated and numbered in pencil by Julia Gruen, Executrix of the Haring Estate. The artwork measures 21 x 25 in (53.5 x 63.5 cm), unframed, from the edition of 60 and is authenticated by the official stamp and copyright of the Keith Haring Estate, verso.

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