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Keith Haring
Keith Haring Eight Ball Book Agreement 1989

1989

$850

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Keith Haring Eight Ball 1989: This very rare piece offers amazing insight at Keith Haring’s artistic process. The 4 page document contains details about his book “Eight Ball” - released in 1989. A must have for any true Haring collector. Accompanied by the original hardcover 1989 book. Offset printed artist documents; staple-bound; 8.5x11 inches. 4 pages. Book: 12.25 x 9.25 inches. Printed signature. Unique/very rare. No other known examples to have survived. Fair overall vintage condition (coffee stains or other). Book: Good overall vintage condition; contains an index sticker on the lower spine. Artist statement: “This book comes at a time in my life when I am searching for answers. Having spent thirty years here, each day seems to provide only more questions. This book is a testament to that search. It was constructed like a kind of game. First, I went through drawers full of old mementos, newspaper clippings and drawings that I had saved and found ones that were particularly interesting to me. Then, they were randomly glued onto the 20 sheets of paper which had each been measured to correspond to the size of a double-page spread in the book. After this, I painted the paper with red and green guache. Finally, with black sumi ink, I “finished” each of the drawings. This book is about the mysteries of love, life, death, and art (not necessarily in that order). It attempts to reveal certain truths. However, as I have found in my own life, each revelation brings with it many more new questions. After 30 years, I am exactly at the same point where I started.” – Keith Haring Related Categories: Figurative Drawings. Pop Art. Keith Haring 1989. Vintage Keith Haring. Keith Haring Eight Ball.

Details

  • Creator
    Keith Haring (1958-1990, American)
  • Creation Year
    1989
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11 in. (27.94 cm)Width: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Cover: Fair overall vintage condition. Lithographs: Good overall vintage condition.
  • Gallery Location
    NEW YORK, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU354310135942

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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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.”

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