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Keith Haring
Lucky Strike II

1987

$1,200

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An original screenprint poster on wove paper by American artist Keith Haring (1958-1990) titled "Lucky Strike II", 1987. Edition size, unknown. Comes from the 1987 set of 3 "Lucky Strike" poster series. Printed in five colors. Printed lower left - "Design: Keith Haring New York for Lucky Strike B.A.T. Hamburg; Art Consultant: Pierre Keller; Printed: by Albin Uldry Switzerland". Signed in the plate lower right, (printed signature). Reference: catalogue raisonné: Keith Haring Posters: Plate 24, No. 52, page 9; Keith Haring - Posters 2017 (Jurgen Doring, Claus von der Osten): No. 53, page 115. Sheet size: 39.5" x 27.5". Rich bright colors. Professionally stored since its creation, in excellent condition. Note: Not to be confused with thousands of inkjet reproductions on the market, the works we offer here are the original vintage exhibition posters, hand-made by or under the supervision of the artist for various exhibitions they participated in and fully documented in the artist's catalogue raisonne of authentic original posters. The advertising posters for Lucky Strike cigarettes reflect the popular Montreux posters from 1983. According to the imprint, they were commissioned by Lucky Strike Switzerland, arranged by the art consultant Pierre Keller, who at the time taught at the Gymnase de Bugnon in Lausanne and was later director of the art college there. Haring knew him since his work on the Montreux posters. He drew the designs in June at the high school in Lausanne. Haring produced nine designs, from which a representative from Lucky Strike selected five for the print. Thirty, fifty, or eighty copies each were printed numbered and signed. Three of these designs were also produced as posters in large editions with painted signatures, (the original poster edition offered here). Haring gave a tenth design, with a smoking skeleton, to the high school in which he produced it, so that it could be hung up in the classroom of his friend Pierre Keller. Haring noted in his journal that the Lucky Strike representative was not very amused by it. One of the key figures in New York's East Village art scene in the 1970s and 1980s, Keith Haring (1958 – 1990) developed a unique and distinctly personal vocabulary of bold, graphic icons—barking dogs, flying saucers, winged figures, and a crawling "radiant baby"—which he combined with abstract marks and patterns in densely packed, compositions. Raised in Pennsylvania, Haring briefly attended the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh before relocating to New York City and enrolling in The School of Visual Arts. In New York, he was swept up in the energy and spirit of the thriving alternative art community that was developing in the downtown streets, the subways and dance halls. Also drawn to the interactive nature of Christo’s installations and how art and life intersected in Andy Warhol’s work, Haring devoted his career to creating public art that could be enjoyed by art admirers of all ages. Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. Between 1982 and 1989, he produced more than 50 public artworks in dozens of cities around the world, many of which were created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers and orphanages. Hi Crack is Wack mural (1986) is a landmark along New York’s FDR Drive, and the same year he worked with 900 children to create a mural for the centennial of the Statue of Liberty. Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, and during the last years of his life he used his imagery to speak about his own illness and increase awareness about AIDS. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation with the intention of providing funding to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for his work through exhibitions and image licensing. Keith Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990.

Details

  • Creator
    Keith Haring (1958-1990, American)
  • Creation Year
    1987
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.5 in. (100.33 cm)Width: 27.5 in. (69.85 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Saint Augustine, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU12121154703

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About the Artist

Keith Haring

Keith Haring began experimenting with his bold, graphic lines and cartoon-inspired figures on the walls of New York City subway stations in the early 1980s. He called them his “laboratory,” places to develop a radical new aesthetic based on an ideology of creating truly democratic public art.Haring’s paintings, prints and murals address the universal themes of death, love and sex, as well as contemporary issues he experienced personally, like the crack-cocaine and AIDS epidemics. They derive much of their impact from the powerful contrast between these serious subjects and the joyful, vibrant pictographic language he uses to express them, full of dancing figures, babies, barking dogs, hearts and rhythmic lines, as well as references to pop culture.To make his art even more accessible, in 1986, Haring opened the Pop Shop in Soho. In a foreshadowing of today’s intermingling of art and fashion, the shop sold merchandise and novelty items featuring imagery by Haring and contemporaries like Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat. While his works sometimes included text, for the most part, he chose to communicate through drawing. “Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times,” Haring once declared. “It lives through magic.”Find Keith Haring art on 1stDibs today.
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