Keith Haring 1958–1990

Keith Haring was born in 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania. From a young age he enjoyed drawing, especially Disney characters and other cartoons. He initially wanted to become a commercial artist but after a year at the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, Haring dropped, moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Haring immediately felt connected to the thriving alternative arts scene happening downtown in the late 1970s and became friends with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf.

Inspired by the ideals of “art as life” and moving the art experience out of galleries and into the streets, Haring’s first major works were his subway drawings. Haring produced over one hundred of these public works between 1980 and 1985, integrating his now-iconic exuberant, cartoonish outlined figures into everyday public space in a way that directly engaged its viewers. Haring recalled that the most important aspects of these works was the immediate engagement people had with them, asking him “what does it mean?” and giving him feedback that he’d then incorporate into future drawings. In this way, these works became reflections of the people who viewed them, responsive to and in dialogue with their environment. These works quickly garnered the attention of tastemakers in New York and his first solo exhibition was held at Westbeth Painters Space in 1981 and a celebrated show debuted at the high-profile Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York the following year.

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Auction Results Keith Haring

KEITH HARING, Untitled (Motorcycle Tank) | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (Motorcycle Tank)

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $76,250
KEITH HARING, Untitled (helmet) | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (helmet)

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $32,500
KEITH HARING, Untitled (Helmet and Invitation) | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (Helmet and Invitation)

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $30,000
KEITH HARING, Untitled (Honda motorcycle side-covers) | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (Honda motorcycle side-covers)

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $23,750
KEITH HARING, Art Attack on Aids | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Art Attack on Aids

estimate: $20,000–25,000
result: $21,600
KEITH HARING, Untitled (Bell Police Helmet) | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (Bell Police Helmet)

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $20,000
KEITH HARING, Popshop IV | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Popshop IV

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $15,000
KEITH HARING, Untitled (envelope) | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (envelope)

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $13,750
KEITH HARING, Silence Equals Death | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Silence Equals Death

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $11,875
KEITH HARING, Chocolate Buddha 4 | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Chocolate Buddha 4

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,250
KEITH HARING, Plate 3 (from Icons portfolio) | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Plate 3 (from Icons portfolio)

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $11,250
KEITH HARING, Plate 4 (from Icons portfolio) | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Plate 4 (from Icons portfolio)

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $10,625
KEITH HARING, Untitled | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Untitled

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $10,625
KEITH HARING, Chocolate Buddha 1 | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Chocolate Buddha 1

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $10,000
KEITH HARING, Untitled (postcard) | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (postcard)

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500
KEITH HARING, Untitled (Radiant Baby) | wright20.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (Radiant Baby)

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500