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This work, executed in 1981, exemplifies Keith Haring’s iconic approach to street art with his characteristic cartoon-like imagery. The two figures with interlocked arms, a familiar subject of the artist’s, was spray painted on a large piece of plywood that was once part of a construction fence.

Work is accompanied with Certificate of Authenticity by the Estate of Keith Haring.

Keith Haring (1958-1990) was an influential American street artist, social activist, and contributor to the Pop Art Movement. At the age of 19, Haring moved from his hometown in Pennsylvania to New York City in order to attend the School of Visual Arts. Living in the city afforded him the opportunity to experiment with street art, as evidenced by his early chalk drawings throughout the subway system. Haring’s art reflects his strong affinity for New York City street culture of the 1980s, and his preoccupation with issues of love, sex, war, and social conflict. The bold lines, vivid colors, and animated figures present in his drawings, paintings, and prints make a Haring work almost immediately identifiable. Keith Haring’s art has been displayed in institutions throughout the world, most recently in a major retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY (2012). Haring has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at Pace Prints Chelsea, New York, NY (2012; Galeria de Art del Centro de Extension de la Pontifica Universidad Catholica de Chile, Santiago, Chile (2012); Chiesa di San Francesco, Udine, Italy (2012); Musée en Herbe, Paris, France (2011); and Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (2011).

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Jerusalem, Israel
Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, Kobuchizawa, Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Paint Loss
Date: Old
Area: Image
Location: Upper right, Lower right, Upper left, Lower left, Center
Notes: Chipping of plywood has caused paint loss.
Degree: Minor
Tears/Punctures/Holes
Date: Old
Location: Upper right, Lower right, Upper left, Lower left
Notes: Nails and nail holes are evident. Loss of wood on upper left and lower right and left.
Degree: Moderate

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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  • Pickup Location: Pennsylvania, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 55 x 37 x 0.25 in. (139.7 x 93.98 x 0.64 cm.)
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