Keith Haring, Best Buddies, 1990

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Best Buddies, 1990
Reference:Cantz 184-185
Medium:Silkscreen on Coventry rag.
Image Size:22 x 28 inches (55.8 cm x 71. cm)
Sheet Size:26 in x 32 in (66.04 cm x 81.28 cm)
Edition:From the numbered edition of 200 in pencil.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by the executor of the Keith Haring foundation, Julia Gruen on verso.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-8302
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Historical Description

Keith Haring’s Best Buddies, 1990 is one of the most recognizable logos in the world.

Featuring two simplistic figures embracing at the center of the image, with rays emanating from their shared hug, Best Buddies is a heartwarming image. The background of the image is uncomplicated, only featuring a sky and dotted ground, allowing the two figures and their idyllic relationship in the foreground to shine as the focus of the work. The two figures seem to be facing each other as they embrace, sharing a moment of compassion for each other. Always printed in different colors, the two, like all of Haring’s outlined figures, remain faceless and genderless. As such, they are able to act as universal stand-ins for humanity as a whole, while still representing the importance of bridging and accepting difference. Viewers are able to imagine whoever they wish in that embrace, and the open-ness of this image makes it a powerful representation of friendship and love that can have a widespread impact. With their arms wrapped around each other, the two figures in Best Buddies are a hopeful image that represent humanity at its best.

Created in 1990, this color screenprint on Coventry rag paper is hand-signed by the executor of the Keith Haring foundation, Julia Gruen on verso and is from the numbered edition of 200.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Keith Haring Best Buddies, 1990 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 and illustrated on pg. 184-185.
  2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Best Buddies, 1990 is presented in a complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas

Subject Matter: Contemporary