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Keith Haring, Lucky Strike (Plate 4), from the Lucky Strike Portfolio, 1987

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Lucky Strike (Plate 4), from the Lucky Strike Portfolio, 1987
Reference:Littmann P. 79
Series:Lucky Strike Portfolio, 1987
Medium:Silkscreen
Image:11 3/8 in x 7 7/8 in (28.9 cm x 20 cm)
Sheet:11 11/16 in x 8 ¼ in (29.7 cm x 21 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 80 in pencil in the lower center of the image.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) in pencil in the lower center of the image.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-10056

Historical Description

Keith Haring Lucky Strike (Plate 4), 1987 is the fourth installment of the artist’s Lucky Strike portfolio of 1987. In this work the artist illustrates three of his signature icons causing a racket, trying to open a box of Lucky Strike cigarettes. Haring uses the method of screen printing to execute precise linework in beautifully saturarted tones; this work is rendered entirely in black and white except the bright red logo of the cigarette carton. The stark contrast that the red hue provides draws the eye directly to the Lucky Strikes, the top-selling brand of cigarettes in the 1930s and ‘40s. In this way, the artist utilizes the visual language of advertising to bring attention to the “luckies” and the way his figures interact with them. In Lucky Strike (Plate 4), 1987, the three signature Haring figures create a ruckus trying to get the box of cigarettes open, signifying their reliance on the tobacco inside. Haring ruminates on addiction in this work and presents it to his viewers in a manner that appeals to the masses.

Keith Haring’s Lucky Strike (Plate 4), 1987 is part of a portfolio of five screenprints in the artist’s Lucky Strike portfolio of 1987. This body of work depicts boxes of Lucky Strike cigarettes, the top-selling brand of cigarettes of the 1930s and ‘40s, alongside some of the artist’s signature illustrations. Also featured in this portfolio are Lucky Strike (Plate 1), Lucky Strike (Plate 2), Lucky Strike (Plate 3), and Lucky Strike (Plate 5).

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

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Keith Haring Lucky Strike (Plate 4), from the Lucky Strike Portfolio, 1987 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. 76 and illustrated on pg. 79.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Lucky Strike (Plate 4), from the Lucky Strike Portfolio, 1987 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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