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Lot 180

Signed Keith Haring LA2 exhibition poster: Art of Found Objects, Gallery Schlesinger-Boisante, New York, 5 February - 26 February, 1983, signed in silver pen by Keith Haring and in black felt pen by LA2 (aka, ‘LAROCK’).

Dimensions: 23 x 16.75 in. (58.5x42.5cm.).
Minor signs of handling, minor smudging to signature; …

Medium
Condition
Good
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed by Haring in lower right; signed by LA2 on upper right.
Frame
Not included

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.

High auction record
$6.5m, Sotheby's, 2017
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Keith Haring - Party of Life / GenevaOpera Gallery
Keith HaringCentre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
2014
Keith Haring: The Political Linede Young Museum
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New York City graffiti artist LA II (a.k.a. Angel Ortiz) is best known for his collaborations with Keith Haring. Ortiz’s career took off after Haring spotted his “Little Angel” tag upon moving to New York and asked to meet the then-teenage artist. Throughout the ’80s, Haring and Ortiz combined their signatures to create murals, sculptures, train paintings, and other objects, and Ortiz’s style and technique are thought to have influenced Haring’s solo practice from then on. Along with several joint exhibitions of his work and Haring's, Ortiz's own mix of contemporary symbols with Asian calligraphy has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States.

Selected exhibitions
2020
64 Years of Art in DIFC71 STRUCTURAL ART
2018
20in18Woodward Gallery
Symbols, Totems & CiphersThe Painting Center
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Signed Keith Haring exhibition poster 1983 (Keith Haring LA2), 1983

Offset lithograph
23 × 16 3/4 in
58.4 × 42.5 cm
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Lot 180

Signed Keith Haring LA2 exhibition poster: Art of Found Objects, Gallery Schlesinger-Boisante, New …

Medium
Condition
Good
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed by Haring in lower right; signed by LA2 on upper right.
Frame
Not included

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.

High auction record
$6.5m, Sotheby's, 2017
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

New York City graffiti artist LA II (a.k.a. Angel Ortiz) is best known for his collaborations with Keith Haring. Ortiz’s career took off after Haring spotted his “Little Angel” tag upon moving to New York and asked to meet the then-teenage artist. Throughout the ’80s, Haring and Ortiz combined their signatures to create murals, sculptures, train paintings, and other objects, and Ortiz’s style and technique are thought to have influenced Haring’s solo practice from then on. Along with several joint exhibitions of his work and Haring's, Ortiz's own mix of contemporary symbols with Asian calligraphy has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States.

Selected exhibitions (3)
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