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Keith Haring
UNTITLED
Estimate
1,800,0002,800,000
LOT SOLD. 2,125,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
62
Keith Haring
UNTITLED
Estimate
1,800,0002,800,000
LOT SOLD. 2,125,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Boundless: Contemporary Art

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Hong Kong

Keith Haring
1958 - 1990
UNTITLED
signed and dated NOV. 19. 1988 on the reverse
black ink, gouache and printed paper collage on paper
100.5 by 75 cm, 39 1/2  by 29 1/2  in. 
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Provenance

Private Collection
Phillips, London, October 16, 2014, lot 157
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Inspired by Andy Warhol and his contemporary Jean-Michel Basquiat, artist Keith Haring utilized his art as a means to express his individuality through the deconstruction of classical objectivity and perception. Executed in 1988, the present work exemplifies Haring's extreme dexterity as an artist in his appropriation of traditional imageries adapted and personalized to his own signature and unique "street" style. In Untitled, Haring uses the image of the Mona Lisa, perhaps the most renowned portrait in Art History, yet defaces her classical representation, superimposing it with his distinctive illustrative style. The repeated image of da Vinci's canvas is adapted to various degrees within its three reproductions. These interpretations form the central segment of the composition, from which Haring's simple yet poignant line-silhouettes emerge. The artist's characteristic reduction of form to its simplest, primary elements finds further power in its direct comparison to established art-form. The gestural depictions materialise from the paper, striking and vibrant in their impulsive execution. These distinctive elements encourage the viewer to question existing boundaries in art while making connections between the contemporary art and its progression from the classics. 

Boundless: Contemporary Art

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Hong Kong