Keith Haring, ‘The Story of Red and Blue: number 12’, 1989, Phillips

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Image: 51 x 23 cm (20 1/8 x 9 in.)
Sheet: 55.8 x 41.8 cm (21 7/8 x 16 1/2 in.)

Signature: With printed signature and date in silver on the front, signed and dated '6/14/90' in pencil by Julia Gruen (Executor for the Keith Haring Estate) and numbered 'AP - 7/10 - XII' in pencil on a printed Certificate of Authenticity on the reverse (one of 10 artist's proofs in Roman numerals, the edition was 90), published by the Keith Haring Estate, New York, framed.

Klaus Littmann p. 131

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