Keith Haring, ‘The Prince von Thurn und Taxis Invitation ’, 1989, EHC Fine Art
Keith Haring, ‘The Prince von Thurn und Taxis Invitation ’, 1989, EHC Fine Art
Keith Haring, ‘The Prince von Thurn und Taxis Invitation ’, 1989, EHC Fine Art

This is an exceptionally rare private press involving Royalty. It was made for the German princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis' birthday party on April 15, 1989 at Regensburg Palace and was never sold to the public. The cover was used as a ticket for visiting the palace party and both the cover and disc artwork was made specifically for the event, with an R&B inspired song performed by the princess as the invitation. This work is extremely rare as it was never sold to the public and only given out as invites to special guests. Only 90 were produced and most of them in private hands.

Signature: plate signed

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