The 1980s street and mural artist Keith Haring’s brightly colored graphic artwork has become synonymous with the late 20th century interplay of pop art and social activism. While his shapes and figures possessed cartoonish lines and motions, the subject matter was often explicit, taking on sexual politics, street life, and the gritty New York City culture of the era.
Keith Haring, Pop Shop VI, complete set of 4 screenprints, 1989. Estimate: $5,000 to $8,000.
A selection of prints from the end of his career come to auction on June 9th in Swann’s Contemporary Art sale.
As a victim of the AIDS epidemic—Haring died from AIDS-related complications in 1990—much of his work was an attack on the illness, in his bold, stylized manner. On the 30th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis, Haring’s artwork provides both reflection and insight on a disease for which there is still no cure.
Keith Haring, Pop Shop II, color screenprint, 1988. Estimate: $4,000 to $6,000.