After being diagnosed with AIDS in the late 1980s, Keith Haring became a vocal member of activist group ACT UP, which used the pink triangle as its logo. Published by the Outreach Fund for AIDS in 1989, this screenprint features Haring’s iconic “Radiant Child” figures mimicking the “see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil” pose.
A collaboration between three legendary Bronx-born graffiti artists, NYC Tribute features the tags of Cope2, CES, and TKid. Each artist is known for having highly unique styles, but for this collaboration they brought the similar aspects of their individual styles to the forefront.
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Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot ..
Haring’s Rice Bowls
Keith Haring created these two rice bowls in Tokyo for the opening of his Tokyo-based Pop Shop, which was open for only one year in 1987. Haring writes about the creation process at length in his journal on October 27, 1987: "Some I did with figurative patterns that made the rice bowls look more African or Indian than Japanese, and some I did with real simple fish paintings. The more I painted, the more ‘into it’ I got, the less I wanted to leave…"
Basquiat & Haring
Artist Shepard Fairey's portrayed two icons of the Urban art scene: Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Except you Love
Pop/Urban/Street/graffiti artist Stephen Powers quickly comes to the point in his work, Everything is SHIT Except you Love!
The symbol of the pink triangle represents the gay rights movement. Published by the Outreach Fund for AIDS in 1989, this screenprint by Keith Haring features several of the artist’s iconic Radiant Child figures mimicking the “see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil” pose.
The Jetsons by Kenny
Key figures in the 1980s East Village art scene, Kenny Scharf and LA II (Angel Ortiz), were inspired by The Jetsons and The Flintstones in this collaboration.
In this 1978 commemorative postcard of John F. Kennedy, Street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat compares the American president to heroes Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America!
Basquiat’s Baseball Card
Early on in his career, Jean-Michel Basquiat produced his ‘Anti-Product’ series of postcards, which he sold on the streets of New York City for US$1 to US$3 each. These cards are extremely rare, as most were given to friends and very few have survived.
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Referencing the purchase of Blue Poles by the Australian National Gallery in 1973, who paid what was considered to be a scandalous amount at the time, and spurred by a recent acquisition of a US$1 million Pollock by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mike Bidlo made a Pollock for the people.
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Keith Haring, 1981
Here’s some early morning Urban Art with the characteristic cartoon-like imagery of Keith Haring’s iconic Street Art. The two figures with interlocked arms, one of the artist’s familiar subjects, was spray painted on a large piece of plywood, which was once part of a construction fence.
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80s East Village
In the early 1980s, New York City’s East Village was a hotbed of artistic creativity, from which emerged a group of artist-run storefront galleries featuring young and veteran artists. Soon, other emerging galleries joined, and the community flourished.
Those halcyon days (and nights) seemed limitless; everything seemed possible. As a celebration of that spirited and vibrant time, we’re featuring artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, George Condo, Richard Hambleton, and Keith Haring on artnet Auctions.
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The Market for Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was known for his often temperamental personality, distinctive graphic style, biting social commentary, and fusion of multicultural symbols, had a short but prolific career.
Nearly 25 years after his death, the market for Jean-Michel Basquiat continues to show signs of significant growth. During the 2012 season, Basquiat generated over US$161 million, reaching a sell-through rate of 85%.
Charles the First was born in 1600 to James VI of Scotland and Anne of Denmark. He worked hard to overcome physical disabilities, and he suffered from a lifelong stammer. He became king in 1625, but was beheaded on January 30, 1649, after being found guilty of high treason.
At the bottom of this piece, Jean-Michel Basquiat wrote “Most young kings get thier [sic] head cut off.” Perhaps this is an autobiographical reference by Basquiat, who was suffering from his own private demons?