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Keith Haring Crack Down! Program, 1986



Keith Haring crack down! 1986: Vintage original 1986 Keith Haring illustrated crack down! Benefit program. Offset lithograph on folding announcement cover, 9 x 6 inches (folding open to 9x12 inches); unused and in very good vintage condition with vibrant colors. Features Keith Haring printed signature on lower right. First edition. 1st printing 1986. Literature/references: Keith Haring: Posters (Prestel). More on Keith Haring Crack Down!: This folding pamphlet was designed & illustrated by Keith Haring (along with a poster of same), for the 1986 "Crackdown on Crack" concert at New York City’s world famous Madison Square Garden. The concert was organized to raise funds & awareness surrounding the crack-cocaine epidemic in New York and featured performances by Santana & many others. Related categories: Keith Haring Pop Shop. Keith Haring Activist. Keith Haring posters. Pop art yellow, orange comic, cartoon, neon.


  • Creator
    Keith Haring (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9 in. (22.86 cm)Width: 6 in. (15.24 cm)Depth: 0.01 in. (0.26 mm)
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    Brooklyn, NY
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    1stDibs: LU2462324470142

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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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