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Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990)

Untitled, Jan 15, 1981; Photostat on blueprint paper; Signed in plate; 42 1/2" x 56"; Literature: Jeffrey Deitch, Suzanne Geiss and Julia Gruen, Keith Haring, Rizzoli, 2008 (Sumi Ink version); Provenance: Westbeth Painters Space, February 10-14, 1981 (Keith Haring’s first one-man show); Private Collection, New York; Private Collection; Note: “These 17 drawings were created over a period of a few weeks between December 1980 and January 1981. The original drawings were executed on vellum with Sumi ink because I intended to make blueprint copies of each of the drawings. Periodically I would take my drawings to the local blueprinters, where I had much enjoyment trying to explain the content of these works to the men who operated the blueprint machines. After a few weeks, everyone in the shop was familiar with my drawings. This was also the time I began drawing in the NYC subways. The drawings were exhibited in a small gallery space at Westbeth Painter’s (sic) Space in February 1981. It was my first one-man exhibition in New York City. The exhibition lasted for one week, during which time I sold several blueprint copies of the drawings, but no original drawings. Since then many of the drawings have been sold and I don’t know their whereabouts. However, before I sold any of them made photostats of each of the drawings. These prints were made from those stats. They form a perfect time capsule of my beginning in New York City.” -Keith Haring, Editions on Paper, 1982-1990, Littman (page 178 - image of silkscreen, 1990, ed. 33)


Sale Price: $11,875

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000


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Condition Report

Good condition. Condition is appropriate to the nature of the object. Sheet has a number of tears along extreme edges, some have been professionally stabilized. Some repairs to various areas of sheet, now stable. Staining to various areas of sheet as a result of contact with water on surface.


Annotation

“These 17 drawings were created over a period of a few weeks between December 1980 and January 1981. The original drawings were executed on vellum with Sumi ink because I intended to make blueprint copies of each of the drawings. Periodically I would take my drawings to the local blueprinters, where I had much enjoyment trying to explain the content of these works to the men who operated the blueprint machines. After a few weeks, everyone in the shop was familiar with my drawings. This was also the time I began drawing in the NYC subways. The drawings were exhibited in a small gallery space at Westbeth Painter’s (sic) Space in February 1981. It was my first one-man exhibition in New York City. The exhibition lasted for one week, during which time I sold several blueprint copies of the drawings, but no original drawings. Since then many of the drawings have been sold and I don’t know their whereabouts. However, before I sold any of them made photostats of each of the drawings. These prints were made from those stats. They form a perfect time capsule of my beginning in New York City.”

-Keith Haring, Editions on Paper, 1982-1990, Littman (page 178 - image of silkscreen, 1990, ed. 33)

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