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Keith Haring, ‘Red-Yellow-Blue #16 (Portrait of Adolpho)’, 1987, Phillips
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Keith Haring

Red-Yellow-Blue #16 (Portrait of Adolpho), 1987

Acrylic on canvas
36 × 36 in
91.4 × 91.4 cm
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Painted in 1987 at the height of Keith Haring’s tragically short career, …

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Signed, titled and dated "RED-YELLOW-BLUE #16 (PORTRAIT OF ADOLPHO) © K. Haring JAN 12 87 ⊕" on the overlap
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, ‘Red-Yellow-Blue #16 (Portrait of Adolpho)’, 1987, Phillips
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Painted in 1987 at the height of Keith Haring’s tragically short career, Red-Yellow-Blue #16 (Portrait of Adolpho) is an intimate and distinctive portrait of Haring’s last studio assistant, Adolfo Arena. Adolfo was first hired by Haring to work at the Pop Shop on Lafayette Street in the spring of …

Medium
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Signed, titled and dated "RED-YELLOW-BLUE #16 (PORTRAIT OF ADOLPHO) © K. Haring JAN 12 87 ⊕" on the overlap
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

Red-Yellow-Blue #16 (Portrait of Adolpho), 1987

Acrylic on canvas
36 × 36 in
91.4 × 91.4 cm
Bidding closed
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