Keith Haring, Untitled (Subway Drawing), c. 1980-1985

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Untitled (Subway Drawing), c. 1980-1985
Medium:White chalk on black paper
Image:40 1/2 in x 27 in (102.9 cm x 68.6 cm)
Sheet:40 1/2 in x 27 in (102.9 cm x 68.6 cm)
Framed:45 3/4 inx 32 in (116.2 cm x 81.3 cm)
ID #w-7338

Historical Description

Keith Haring Untitled (Subway Drawing), c. 1980-1985 is one of thousands of his chalk drawings created in the subway stations of New York between 1980 and 1985. Prior to finding success in the world of galleries and museums, Haring’s art took shape in the form of graffiti. In creating these subway drawings during the period of his commercial renown, the artist dissolves the boundaries between fine and street art. In this work, the artist illustrates a dolphin-like creature’s head emerging from a stylized body of water which occupies the bottom third of the composition. It squeals at a peculiar figure the floats in the upper center of the work. This figure is a television set with two antennas, two lets, and one set of wings. Its screen projects an image of Olympic rings, a symbol of one of the most popular broadcasts worldwide.In much of his work, Haring discusses consumerism using playful images that are easily digestible. In creating the imagery which appears in this work, he further advances this theme in a manner which is easily accessible to the general public.

Keith Haring Untitled (Subway Drawing), c. 1980-1985 is a white chalk on black paper.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Keith Haring Untitled (Subway Drawing), c. 1980-1985 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Untitled (Subway Drawing), c. 1980-1985 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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