KEITH HARING (1958-1990)
KEITH HARING (1958-1990)
KEITH HARING (1958-1990)
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KEITH HARING (1958-1990)


KEITH HARING (1958-1990)
signed and dated 'Keith Haring May 81' (on the reverse)
felt-tip marker and paint pen on plastic
18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm.)
Executed in 1981.
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
Private collection
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 15 May 2008, lot 589
Acquired at the above sale by the late owner
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Keith Haring, June-September 1997, p. 116 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

For Keith Haring, “painting was an experience that at its best allowed him to transcend reality, to go somewhere else, completely outside his own ego and self” (G. Mercurio, D. Paparoni and J. Gruen, The Keith Haring Show, Milan, 2005, p 19). Untitled (Blue) exudes a sense of movement and spontaneity. This, combined with the simplicity of Haring’s forms, creates an engaging and energetic visual experience, making Untitled (Blue) a classic and compelling Haring composition.

Haring’s artistic style is marked by its distinctive and iconic characteristics. As shown in the present lot, Haring employed bold lines to create figures and shapes that are simple yet instantly recognizable. His use of vibrant, primary colors adds an unmistakably dynamic quality to his work. Untitled (Blue), from 1981, is a prime example of some of Haring’s most iconic motifs – the classic Haring dogs each jumping whimsically through the gold, spotted central figure, one by one – all against an eye-catching and vivacious blue background.

With deceivingly simple works like Untitled (Blue), Haring left an indelible mark on the art world. Haring’s fusion of graffiti, street art, and fine art challenged traditional artistic boundaries, democratizing art and bringing it to a wider audience. Beyond aesthetics, Haring’s work carried powerful messages about social and political issues. The artist’s commitment to using art as a tool for social change inspired countless artists and activists, and his influence can be seen in the evolution of street art and the embrace of art as a means of cultural and political expression.

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