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Keith Haring Oil on Wood: This was produced by Keith Haring personally, he created several for friends (each is dedicated) as Christmas gifts in 1983. This work has a Certificate of Authenticity from the Haring Foundation.

Keith Haring uses bold lines, vivid colors and figures to create a visual language that expresses strong messages of life, unity, love, sex and war. Haring first achieved public attention with his chalk drawings in the subways of New York City. Haring loved children, and during his short life he created murals for public pools all over New York City. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Haring grew up in Kutztown and was interested in art from an early age. From 1976 to 1978 he studied graphic design at The Ivy School of Professional Art, a commercial and fine art school in Pittsburgh. At age 19 Haring moved to New York City and studied at the School of Visual Arts. A gay rights activist, Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation which aimed to provide funding to AIDS organizations and children’s programs. Hoping to make art more accessible and affordable, Haring opened his infamous “Pop Shop” in SoHo, Manhattan. When asked about the shop, Haring stated: "Here's the philosophy behind the Pop Shop: I wanted to continue the same sort of communication as with the subway drawings. I wanted to attract the same wide range of people and I wanted it to be a place where, yes, not only collectors could come, but also kids from the Bronx…this was still an art statement." Haring died in 1990 at the age of 31.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Surface Abrasions / Scratches
Area: Margin, Image
Location: Lower right, Upper left, Lower left, Center
Notes: Condition of the work is consistent with Haring wood works. Imperfections in the wood existed prior to the creation of the piece. There is a imprefection on the lower left that runs from the right foot to the left front foot. The 1/2" circle on the right side seems to be a knot under the paint. There is surface imperfections on the top center. On the left ear there is a surface abrasion that is downward 3/8" and then left to right 1 1/2". On the bottom lower right outside the image area and to the right of the leg is a surface abrasion approximately 1 1/2" long. There is an indentation in the wood in the lower jaw area.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
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.

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.

  • Certificate of Authenticity from Haring Estate
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11.5 x 1 x 14.8 in. (29.21 x 2.54 x 37.59 cm.)
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