Original Signed Drawing
Spectacular original, one-of-a-kind signed sketch by Keith Haring, one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Drawn in his spare but distinctive graffiti-inspired style, this marvelous piece depicts two men emerging from the midsection of a man looking down at himself—perhaps contemplating alternate identities? That’s the brilliance of Haring: his works are deliberately “untitled,” believing the artist’s ideas are not fundamental to the meaning of the work. Rather, it is the observer who becomes an artist, in the sense that he or she must find his or her own unique way towards understanding. On green paper from an autograph album, measuring 3.5″ x 5″.
From his origins as a cult street artist, Haring’s designs would come to define the 1980s, appearing in such disparate venues as the Berlin Wall, Swatch watch designs, and Absolut vodka ad campaigns. His unique approach took everyday forms of visual representation and reimagined them into art that could belong as much to the street as in the finest museums. By the time of his early death at 31 from AIDS, his reputation was already well established, and his works are in high demand worldwide.
Keith Allen Haring (1958-1990) was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war. Haring’s work was often heavily political and his imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century, and whose friendship with artist Andy Warhol would prove to be a decisive element in his eventual success.