Keith Haring, ‘Statue of Liberty Rug’, 2001, Artware Editions
Keith Haring, ‘Statue of Liberty Rug’, 2001, Artware Editions

In 2001, The Keith Haring Foundation and ABC Carpet in NYC partnered to issue a special run of thirty rugs to benefit downtown arts organizations affected by the 9/11 tragedy. The Keith Haring Foundation selected this design originally created for the 1986 Liberty Centennial. The design depicts three of Haring's signature cartoon figures in a muted yellow at the base of the Statue of Liberty dancing or jumping in celebration against a deep red background.

This rug example is # 4/30 and is in excellent condition. It's made from 100% virgin wool and crafted in Nepal. It still has attached to the backside the original tag issued by the fabricators that shows the Foundation's stamp and the hand-written edition number.

Signature: label with hand-written edition number 4/30

Manufacturer: The Keith Haring Foundation and ABD Carpet

Purchased by Private Collection from ABC Carpet

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