Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), "Growing" (Plate 2)

Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), "Growing" (Plate 2)Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), "Growing" (Plate 2)

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Lot #: 100
Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), "Growing" (Plate 2)

Color screenprint on cardboard, from the Growing Portfolio, 1988. Signed and numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil (lower right). Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York (with blind stamp).

Literature: Klaus Littman. Keith Haring: Editions on Paper 1982-1990, The Complete Printed Works. Hatje Cantz Publishers: New York, 1993. pg. 88 and illustrated on pg. 90.

Ht. 40 x W 30 in.
Barrington Gallery, New York.
Collection of Dr. H Rolf & Elisabeth Weber, Buffalo, NY.
Auction Date
Sep 29, 2023


Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990)
Born 4 May 1958 in Reading, PA, Keith Allen Haring showed an early interest in cartoon drawing, an activity his father, an amateur cartoonist himself, encouraged. From 1976 to 1978, Haring studied commercial art at Pittsburgh’s Ivy School of Professional Art but left to study painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York’s Lower East Side. Haring’s practice of creating graffiti art in white chalk on unused subway advertising boards made him a recognizable figure to the general public, and he would produce more than fifty public artworks between 1982 and 1989. While many of these were commissioned, Haring voluntarily created works for hospitals, day care centers, and schools. During his life, he also had over fifty solo exhibitions and he has since been the subject of several retrospectives. Symbols and images such as barking dogs, flying saucers, and large hearts were a common feature of his earlier works and public graffiti. In later years, he examined political and societal themes through his own iconography, including drug use, apartheid, and homosexuality. On 16 February 1990, Haring died of complications from AIDS at his home in Greenwich Village. His legacy includes charitable work by the Keith Haring Foundation, which he established in 1989 to fund AIDS organizations and children’s programs. He is remembered as an accomplished street artist and celebrated for his use of iconography to establish a recognizable visual language.

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