Keith Haring, ‘Radiant Baby with AIDS Alligator’, Circa 1984, Julien's Auctions
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Keith Haring

Radiant Baby with AIDS Alligator, Circa 1984

Acrylic marker on enameled steel Subway sign
11 × 13 in
27.9 × 33 cm
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The Bowery Street Station was near the center of the 70’s downtown art scene and the metro was no …

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Keith Haring
American, 1958–1990
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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.

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The Bowery Street Station was near the center of the 70’s downtown art scene and the metro was no stranger to graffiti; artists’ tags were placed on every surface, nook and cranny. Keith Haring’s career began in the underground metro system below the city of New York where he used chalk to tag the Subway cards and …

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Keith Haring
American, 1958–1990
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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.

Keith Haring

Radiant Baby with AIDS Alligator, Circa 1984

Acrylic marker on enameled steel Subway sign
11 × 13 in
27.9 × 33 cm
Bidding closed
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