Keith Haring, ‘Untitled’, 1981, Phillips

Property of an Important American Collector

From the Catalogue:
“I was learning, watching people’s reactions and interactions with the drawings and with me and looking at it as a phenomenon. Having this incredible feedback from people, which is one of the main things that kept me going so long, was the participation of the people that were watching me and the kinds of comments and questions and observations that were coming from every range of person you could imagine, from little kids to old ladies to art historians.” - Keith Haring
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed and dated "K. Haring SEPT 25-81" on the reverse

Munich Kunsthalle; Rotterdam Kunsthal, Keith Haring: The Political Line, 1 May 2015 - 7 February 2016, p. 104 (illustrated)

Vincent Lee Fine Art, Hong Kong
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Christie's, New York, 26 September 2013, lot 79
Acquired at the above sale 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