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Keith Haring

Keith Haring 1958–1990

Keith Haring was born in 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania. From a young age he enjoyed drawing, especially Disney characters and other cartoons. He initially wanted to become a commercial artist but after a year at the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, Haring dropped, moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Haring immediately felt connected to the thriving alternative arts scene happening downtown in the late 1970s and became friends with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf.

Inspired by the ideals of “art as life” and moving the art experience out of galleries and into the streets, Haring’s first major works were his subway drawings. Haring produced over one hundred of these public works between 1980 and 1985, integrating his now-iconic exuberant, cartoonish outlined figures into everyday public space in a way that directly engaged its viewers. Haring recalled that the most important aspects of these works was the immediate engagement people had with them, asking him “what does it mean?” and giving him feedback that he’d then incorporate into future drawings. In this way, these works became reflections of the people who viewed them, responsive to and in dialogue with their environment. These works quickly garnered the attention of tastemakers in New York and his first solo exhibition was held at Westbeth Painters Space in 1981 and a celebrated show debuted at the high-profile Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York the following year.

Auction Results Keith Haring

KEITH HARING, Signed Pop Shop Sticker | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Signed Pop Shop Sticker
estimate: $300–500
result: $1,375

KEITH HARING, Untitled (door) | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (door)
estimate: $45,000–55,000

KEITH HARING, Untitled (Pop Shop toiletry bag with radiant baby drawing) | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (Pop Shop toiletry bag with radiant baby drawing)
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $3,750

KEITH HARING, Untitled (Fight Aids Worldwide) | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (Fight Aids Worldwide)
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $5,313

KEITH HARING, Pop Shop tee (dog/baby) | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Pop Shop tee (dog/baby)
estimate: $300–500
result: $219

KEITH HARING, The Great Peace March poster | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

The Great Peace March poster
estimate: $500–700
result: $875

KEITH HARING, Untitled (City of Milano fireman's helmet) | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (City of Milano fireman's helmet)
estimate: $15,000–25,000
result: $17,500

KEITH HARING, Drawing in exhibition catalog from CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Drawing in exhibition catalog from CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,375

KEITH HARING, Untitled (Fight AIDS Worldwide) | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Untitled (Fight AIDS Worldwide)
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $2,500

KEITH HARING, Flowers IV | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Flowers IV
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $23,750

KEITH HARING, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Untitled
estimate: $12,000–18,000
result: $11,050

KEITH HARING, Pop Shop VI (four works) | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Pop Shop VI (four works)
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $47,500

KEITH HARING, Blanket | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Blanket
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $6,875

KEITH HARING, Paris Review | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Paris Review
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $7,500

KEITH HARING, Keith Haring Club DV8 (announcement) | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Keith Haring Club DV8 (announcement)
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $3,250

KEITH HARING, Signed catalog cover | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Signed catalog cover
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $2,500

KEITH HARING, Apocalypse 8 from the Apocalypse series | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Apocalypse 8 from the Apocalypse series
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $12,500

KEITH HARING, Joseph Beuys | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Joseph Beuys
estimate: $7,000–10,000

KEITH HARING, International Volunteer Day | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

International Volunteer Day
estimate: $4,000–5,000
result: $6,175

KEITH HARING, Luna Luna Karussell, A Poetic Extravaganza! | ragoarts.com

Keith Haring

Luna Luna Karussell, A Poetic Extravaganza!
estimate: $1,000–1,500