Keith Haring, ‘Untitled’, 1981, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Estate of Keith Haring.

From the Catalogue

"Right from the start of his career he gave the artistic mainstream a wide berth, breaking with the cultural conventions of his age by contravening the rules of the art business, even at the risk of being ignored. Instead of working in the shelter of a gallery, Haring seized the opportunities offered him by public spaces...With his kind of art, Keith Haring quickly became the youthful hero of a whole generation, symbolizing and personifying for many the America of the 1980s. His pictures and signs became the messages of this generation, fixtures of the culture that they symbolized." —Alexandra Kolossa, Haring: A Life for Art, Cologne 2004, p. 8

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Private Collection, Pennsylvania
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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