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About the Work"Subway Drawing, 1982-83" is a 45 x 29 -inch chalk and silver marker on paper. It was originally installed at the 23rd Street subway station in New York City in the early 1980’s. In 1985, Keith Haring visited his friend Steve Rubell, co-owner of the New York’s infamous nightclub, Studio 54, at his Punk rock club Palladium. Rubell asked Haring to dedicate the present lot owned by his secretary Marilyn, resulting in the inscription along the lower edge of the composition which reads 'FOR MARILYN – K. HARING 85.'
About the Artist
Keith Haring was a social activist and artist who wasn’t afraid to depict and publicize controversial topics such as war, sexuality, life, and death with his art. Haring used New York City - the walls, stations, and buildings - as his canvas, creating masterpieces for the public eye. His signature cartoon style combined his outspoken political and social activism place Haring amongst the legends in the art world. Born May 4, 1958, in Reading, Pennsylvania, Haring grew up fascinated by the cartoon art of Walt Disney, Charles Schultz, and even Dr. Seuss. Haring’s father also drew cartoons as a hobby in his free time, inspiring a young Haring to perhaps make his own one day. Eventually, as a grown man, he moved to New York City to enroll at the School of Visual Arts. It is there Haring found his artistic peers and social niche and became acquainted with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, among other individuals in the underground art scene.