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    Sale 5324

    Post War & Contemporary Art

    13 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 86

    Keith Haring (1958-1990)

    Untitled (Merry Christmas 1985)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Keith Haring (1958-1990)
    Untitled (Merry Christmas 1985)
    chalk on black paper
    44 5/8 x 28 7/8in. (113.3 x 73.3cm.)
    Executed in 1985


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    Provenance

    Arts Four, New York.
    Private Collection, New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Babies represent the possibility of the future, the understanding of perfection, how perfect we could be. There is nothing negative about a baby, ever.

    Keith Haring in conversation with Robert Farris Thompson in a wine bar on West Broadway in SoHo, 14 August 1985, cited in Artforum, May 1990


    Exhibited

    St. Louis, Philip Samuels Fine Art, November-December 1990. New York, The Queens Museum, Future Primeval, September-November 1990, no. 45, p. 126 (not illustrated). This exhibition later traveled to Normal Illinois State University, University Galleries, January-February 1991 and Tampa, Tampa Museum of Art, June-August 1991.