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Perhaps the most recognizable icon in Keith Haring’s lexicon of straightforward symbols and characters, the crawling radiant baby is fully realized in this unique wood carving with vivid green and yellow dayglo paint. Completed in 1983, this representation of the crawling baby demonstrates the early depictions of the figure, whose form is more adult than the plumper infants seen later in Haring’s work. Crawling on all fours and radiating energy, which is expressed through the emanating lines, Haring’s man-child evokes ideas about youth and draws comparisons to adulthood, thus exposing deeper reflections on the cycle and value of life. Acting as a manifestation of any human, this emblem was placed within diverse scenes as an omnipresent malleable form that invited profound studies of the context. Depicted alone, the image behaves as a self-portrait, a non-verbal signature that fully embodies Haring as an artist and as a man. In 1984, Haring gifted this work to fellow artist and longtime friend, Dan Friedman (1945-1995), dedicating it on the reverse, "For Dan - Love, Keith 1984".

This work was authenticated by Tony Shafrazi prior to the establishment of the Haring Authentication Board.

Keith Haring (1958-1990) gained international acclaim as not only a street artist and social activist but a major contributor to the Pop Art Movement. At the age of 19, Haring moved from his small hometown in Pennsylvania to New York City in order to attend the School of Visual Arts. The bustling city offered him the opportunity to experiment with street art, as is evidenced by his early chalk drawings throughout the underground subway system. Haring is known for his relationship to street culture of New York City throughout the 1980s, clearly reflected in his art along with consistent social undertones of life, unity, love, war, and sex. The bold lines, vivid colors, and active figures present in his drawings, paintings, and prints make a Haring work almost immediately identifiable. His iconic works have 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 significant 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); Musee en Herbe, Paris, France (2011); and Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (2011).

Selected Public Collections:

The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
The 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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  • Gift of the artist Dan Friedman, USA Private Collection, USA
  • Ships From: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 6.25 x 12 in. (15.88 x 30.48 cm.)
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