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Keith Haring, Three Lithographs (Plate 3), from the Three Lithographs Portfolio, 1985

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Three Lithographs (Plate 3), from the Three Lithographs Portfolio, 1985
Reference:Littmann P. 39
Series:Three Lithographs, 1985
Medium:Color Lithograph on BFK Rives paper
Image:37 ¾ in x 30 3/8 in (95.9 cm x 77 cm)
Sheet:40 in x 32 in (101.6 cm x 81.3 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 80 in pencil in the lower right margin.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-10019
USD $68,000 GBP £51,000

Historical Description

Keith Haring Three Lithographs (Plate 3), 1985 is the third installment of the artist’s Three Lithographs portfolio of 1985. This work features 12 of Haring’s signature humanoid icons in a symmetrical composition of black, white and red. As if in a massive and exaggerated game of chicken, six figures on the left and six figures on the right are all stacked on one another’s shoulders facing the figures opposite them. The artist has rendered actions lines on either side of both towers and expressive lines over the tops of the heads of the two figures placed at the top of the composition, signifying their struggle to balance as well as their excitement. This piece retains a hand-painted quality, a characteristic a feasible through the artist’s use of lithography.

Keith Haring’s Three Lithographs (Plate 3), 1985 is part of a portfolio of three lithographs in the artist’s Three Lithographs portfolio of 1985. This body of work depicts some of the artist’s signature icons rendered completely in black, white and red interacting with one another in unexpected ways. Also featured in this portfolio are Three Lithographs (Plate 1) and Three Lithographs (Plate 2).

Created in 1987, this color lithograph on BFK Rives paper is hand-signed by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) in pencil in the center right image and numbered from the edition of 80 in pencil in the center right image.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Keith Haring Three Lithographs (Plate 3), from the Three Lithographs Portfolio, 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. Klaus Littman. Keith Haring: Editions on Paper 1982-1990, The Complete Printed Works. Hatje Cantz Publishers: New York, 1993. Listed on pg. 38 and illustrated on pg. 41.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Three Lithographs (Plate 3), from the Three Lithographs Portfolio, 1985 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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