1958 - 1990
signed, titled and dated June 11 1987 Düsseldorf on the reverse
watercolor and acrylic on paper
Sheet: 28¼ by 40 in. (71.6 by 101.6 cm.)
Framed: 29½ by 41½ in. (74.1 by 105.4 cm.)
This work is in excellent condition overall. The sheet is loose in the frame. There is a soft undulation to the sheet due to the artist’s chosen medium. There are some scattered points of stray media due to the artist’s working method. Framed under glass.
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Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Keith Haring rose to prominence in the 1980s, with his decade-long career marking a historic mixing of the fine art and street art worlds. Haring is known for his experimentations in installation, collage, and video, but always remained most tied to his commitment to drawing. Known for his subway drawings, the artist garnered public attention through his chalk drawings on empty ad panels in the New York subway system. As he crafted hundreds of these works, New Yorkers would stand to watch -- and sometimes critique -- the production of these works. Engaging with the frenzied energy of the subway system, as well as the temporal nature of such chalk drawings, Haring was able to use the underground as a “laboratory” for experimentation.
Haring’s career quickly developed over the course of the decade, propelling the Pennsylvania-born artist into the limelight of the New York art world. He went on to create dozens of public murals throughout the city, known for mixing his vibrant and graphic style with political and societal messaging. Haring was noted for his involvement in raising awareness around AIDS and safe sex practices, opening a public dialogue around such taboo subjects in the New York art world.