Keith Haring, ‘Untitled (FDR NY) #25 & #26’, 1984, ARCHEUS/POST-MODERN

This pair of spray painted metal panels by Keith Haring was part of a unique continuous frieze by the artist, of an astounding 255 feet in length, which was created along a fence that lined FDR Drive at Asphalt Green Park in New York City. Painted in situ during 1984, the 30 or so panels were taken down in 1985 and subsequently dispersed.

Referred to on the Keith Haring Foundation website, with the reference SP.1984.02

Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, 'Keith Haring' February 22 -June 29, 2008; Beaux-Arts Mons and Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium, 'Keith Haring All-Over' May 9 -September 13, 2009; Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ 'Keith Haring' November 4 -December 16, 2012; Gagosian Gallery, London, 'Sprayed: Works from 1929-2015' June 11 –August 1, 2015

Burroughs, William S., et al. Keith Haring: Future Primeval. Normal, Illinois: University Galleries Illinois State University & Abbeville Press, 1990. Illus. pp.116-117; Deitch, Jeffrey, Suzanne Geiss, and Julia Gruen. Keith Haring. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2008. Illus. pp.300-301; Mercurio, Gianni, ed. Keith Haring. Milan: Skira Editore in conjunction with Musée de l’art contemporain de Lyon, 2008. Exh. cat. Illus. pp.176-189; Mercurio, Gianni, ed.Keith Haring All-Over. Milan: Skira Editore in conjunction with BAM (Beaux-Arts Mons), 2009. Exh. cat. Illus. pp.176-189; Keith Haring. Paris: Galerie Laurent Strouk, 2014. Exh. cat. Illus. p.103; Lueddeckens, Jona. Sprayed: Works from 1929-2015. London: Gagosian Gallery, 2015. Exh. cat. Illus. pp.76-79

Originally part of a street installation lining the FDR parkway, New York, until 1985; Private collection, USA

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