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Signed and dated in pencil on reverse "K. Haring '82 +", this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Estate of Keith Haring.
The three-eyed smiling face in this drawing is thought to represent either greed or joy in Haring’s work. It was a motif that Haring returned to often and it was the catalogue cover for his first one-man exhibition in 1982 at Tony Shafrazi’s New York gallery. Togetherness or partnership as a means to joy is suggested by the twinned figure and excitement/movement lines. Also, in 1982, this twinned figure with the smiling face appears on a baby crib that Haring designed for Hal Bromm and with that context strongly suggests that this iteration of the smiling face was one of joy, specifically the joy of procreation.
Untitled, 1982 (smiley face in 2-headed man) is a 30 x 40 - inch marker on paper. Frame size is 36.25 x 46.25 -inch.
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.