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Keith Haring Paintings

American, 1958-1990

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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Artist: Keith Haring
Keith Haring drawing 1989 (Keith Haring 1989)
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Keith Haring (untitled) 1989 drawing: This original 1980s Keith Haring drawing was executed by the artist on the occasion of Art Cologne Germany 1989. The work features an iconic Kei...
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Keith Haring paintings for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a wide variety of authentic Keith Haring paintings for sale. You can also browse by medium to find art by Keith Haring in acrylic polymer and more. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 1980s and is mostly associated with the Pop Art style. Not every interior allows for large Keith Haring paintings, so small editions measuring 26 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Burton Morris, Ronnie Cutrone and , Jonathan Winters. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $NaN and tops at $NaN, while the average work can sell for $NaN.
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