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Keith Haring, Lucky Strike (Plate 5), from the Lucky Strike Portfolio, 1987

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Lucky Strike (Plate 5), 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 center right image.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) in pencil in the center right image.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-10057

Historical Description

Keith Haring Lucky Strike (Plate 5), 1987 is the fifth installment of his Lucky Strike portfolio of 1987. The artist used a screen print to produce this work, a method of printing that allows him to print bold, precise, flat segments of different colors that combine to create an explicitly Pop work. This work bears a striking resemblance to the previous installment in this series, Lucky Strike (Plate 4), 1987. However, while the fourth installment is rendered in a limited palette of black, white and red, Lucky Strike (Plate 5), 1987 is illustrated in a refined palette of black, white, orange, blue, red and green. The symbol of the Lucky Strike cigarette box that appears in every work in this series maintains its bright red which continues to draw the viewers eye directly to it. An orange figure stands upside down on top of the box, balancing on one hand. The black action lines that surround this signature icon imply vigorous movement, perhaps in an attempt to open the box to get to the contents inside.

Keith Haring’s Lucky Strike (Plate 5), 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 4).

Created in 1987, this color screenprint 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 Lucky Strike (Plate 5), 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 5), 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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