Keith Haring, ‘Untitled ('Fat Art')’, 1980, Artificial Gallery

Unique Xerox work, signed and dated verso by Keith Haring, 'Keith Haring-May-28-1980' (accompanied by a COA from the Keith Haring Studio LLC, though this states the work date as 1982). Additionally, Keith Haring used the reverse of the artwork to log his hours working at Tony Shafrazi & Leo Castelli galleries over the course of 2 weeks in May, 1980, and also some out-of-pocket expenses (two original hardware receipts for purchases to be reimbursed to the artist are also incuded).

Publisher: The artist

Authenticated by the Keith Haring Studio LLC

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