Occupation: Visual Artist
Movement: Pop Art, Graffiti Art
Education: School for Professional Art, Pittsburgh; School of Visual Arts, New York City
Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in May 1958. When he was a child, his family relocated to Kutztown in the same state. He was interested in drawing from an early age and learnt cartooning from his father; Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney were further inspiration. Completing his school education in 1976, he enrolled in School for Professional Art in Pittsburgh. Realising that commercial art was not his true calling, he dropped out of college after two semesters, continuing to work on his art and exhibiting for the first time in Pittsburgh in 1978.
“Dog” 1981
“Untitled” 1983
“The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” 1984
“Crack is Wack” 1986
“Andy Mouse” 1986
“Lucky Strike” 1987
“Boxer” 1987
“Growing #3” 1988
“Radiant Baby” 1990
“Fight Aids Worldwide” 1990
Move to New York 
Haring joined the School of Visual Arts (SVA), when he shifted residence to New York City in 1978. Here, he found a vibrant and active alternate art community running parallel to the world of museums and galleries. He now participated in exhibitions and performances held at alternate venues with great enthusiasm.   
The influence of Pierre Alechinsky, Jean Dubuffet, and William Burroughs, and of Robert Henri’s manifesto, the “Art Spirit,” had a deep impact on Haring. His contemporaries, who showed a new energy and verve within the art scene, also inspired him and pushed him towards his own style based on the line possessing prime importance in any drawing. 
Haring was also greatly influenced by Andy Warhol’s synthesis of life and art, and focused on producing art that was truly public in spirit.    
While still a student at SVA, Haring started to experiment with video, performance art, and installations. In 1980, quite by chance, he found his most effective medium in a subway station, where the unused advertising panel covered in matte black paper sparked off a great idea. With this as a base, he started to draw with white chalk. Through the subway which became his laboratory, he would create art that allowed him to reach out to the public.
Post the 1980s, Haring achieved great international recognition and took part in over 100 exhibitions. With his first solo exhibition in New York at the Westbeth Painters Space in 1981, and a hugely popular showing in 1982 at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, he also went on to show his work at Documenta 7 in Kassel in 1982. During the 1980s, he also expanded his range to produce backdrops for theater and advertising campaigns for Absolut Vodka and Swatch, the watch company.   
In 1986, Haring opened a Pop Shop selling toys, T-shirts, buttons, and posters that had images of his work on them, and these were priced low to allow the public wider access to his work. In spite of criticism from the art world, he stood by his vision. 
Later Life, Death, and Legacy
Haring was openly gay, and was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. His later works also bear great imagination, vibrancy and liveliness, in spite of the fact that he and many of his friends were dealing with the disease. In response to dealing with AIDS, he set up the Keith Haring Foundation that provided funding to AIDS organisations and children’s programs. The foundation also expanded the viewership of his work.  
Haring died due to complications related to AIDS in February, 1990. 
In May, 1990, a memorial service was held at the cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, in Haring’s memory. Over a thousand people attended.
1958  -  Born in Reading, Pennsylvania
1976–78  -  Ivy School of Professional Art, Pittsburgh
1978–79  -  School of Visual Arts, New York
1986  -  Opens the Pop Shop in Soho, New York
1988  -  Opens the Pop Shop in Tokyo
1989  -  Establishes the Keith Haring Foundation in New York
1990  -  Dies in New York
1978  -  Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh
1980  -  Westbeth Painters Space, New York
1980  -  P.S. 122, New York
1980  -  Club 57, New York
1981  -  Hal Bromm Gallery, New York
1982  -  Rotterdam Arts Council, Rotterdam
1980  -  Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
1983  -  Fun Gallery, New York
1983  -  Galerie Watari, Tokyo
1983  -  Lucio Amelio Gallery, Naples
1983  -  Robert Fraser Gallery, London
1983  -  Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
1983  -  Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford
1984  -  Paul Maenz Gallery, Cologne
1984  -  Paradise Garage, New York
1984  -  Galerie Corinne Hummel, Basel
1984  -  Semaphore East, New York
1984  -  Salvatore Ala Gallery, Milan
1987  -  Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
1987  -  Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki
1987  -  Gallery 121, Antwerp
1987  -  Casino Knokke, Knokke
1987  -  Kutztown New Arts Program, Kutztown
1987  -  Galerie Rivolta, Lausanne
1990  -  Galerie La Poche, Paris
1990  -  Charles Lucien Gallery, New York
1990  -  Philip Samuels Fine Art, St. Louis
1990  -  Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
1990  -  Queens Museum, Queens
1990  -  Galerie Nikolaus Sonne, Berlin
1990  -  Richard Nadeau Gallery, Philadelphia
1990  -  Gallery 56, Geneva
1991  -  Hete Hunermann Gallery, Dusseldorf
1991  -  Museum of Modern Art, Ostend
1991  -  Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix
1991  -  The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC 
1991  -  Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
1991  -  Lincoln Center, New York
1991  -  Chase Manhattan Bank, Soho Branch, New York
1991  -  Erika Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco
1991  -  Molinar Gallery, Scottsdale
1991  -  Steffanoni Gallery, Milan
1996  -  Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
1996  -  Museum Bochum, Leipzig
1996  -  Museum der Bildenden, Leipzig
1996  -  Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
1996  -  Dorothy Blau, Miami
1996  -  Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1997  -  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1997  -  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1997  -  Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
1997  -  Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
1997  -  Seagram Gallery, New York
1997  -  Lobby Gallery, New York
1998  -  Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm
1998  -  Wetterling Teo Gallery, Singapore
1998  -  Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
1998  -  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
1998  -  Musee des Beaux-Arts, Montreal
1998  -  Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau
1998  -  Quartier 206, Berlin
1998  -  Dorothy Blau Gallery, Miami
1998  -  Tasende Gallery, Los Angeles
1999  -  Eki Museum, Kyoto
1999  -  Kurashiki City Museum, Kurashiki
1999  -  Iwaki City Museum, Iwaki
1999  -  Isetan Museum, Tokyo
1999  -  Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles
1999  -  Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
1999  -  City Gallery, Wellington
1999  -  Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris
1999  -  Musee Maillol, Paris
1999  -  Katonah Art Museum, Katonah
1999  -  Peter Gwyther Gallery, London
1999  -  Casino Knokke, Knokke
1999  -  Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale
1999  -  Deitch Projects, New York
1999  -  Palazzo Lanfranchi, Pisa
2004  -  Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro
2004  -  Culturgest, Lisbon
2004  -  Alte Rathaus, Prien am Chiemsee
2004  -  Children's Museum of the Arts, New York
2004  -  Pop Shop, New York
2004  -  Alona Kagan Gallery, New York
2004  -  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
2005  -  Alpen-Adria Galerie, Klagenfurt
2005  -  Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
2005  -  Galleria Salvatore Ala, Milan
2005  -  Fundacion ICO, Madrid
2005  -  Somerset House, London
2005  -  Lever House, New York
2005  -  Briggs-Robinson Gallery, New York
2005  -  Deitch Projects, New York
2010  -  Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton
2010  -  Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
2010  -  Museum of Arts, Seoul
2010  -  Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
2010  -  Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York
2010  -  Caixa Cultural, Sao Paulo
2010  -  Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro
2010  -  Lotte Art Center, Busan
2010  -  Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju
2010  -  Institut d'Art Contemporain in Villeurbanne, Villeurbanne
2011  -  Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
2011  -  Musee en Herbe, Paris
2011  -  Gladstone Gallery, New York
2011  -  Pace Prints, New York
2011  -  Arcadia University, Glenside
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Ludwig Museum, Cologne
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Rubell Family Collection, Miami
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Denver Art Museum, Denver
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
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LOT SOLD (1996 - 2009)






TOTAL SALES (1996 - 2009)


 Plate 5, from Apocalypse (by William S. Burroughs) by Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Plate 5, from Apocalypse (by William S. Burroughs)

Bonhams, Los Angeles

October 18, 2016

$4,750  USD

 International Volunteer Day (L. p. 93), 1988 by Keith Haring

Keith Haring

International Volunteer Day (L. p. 93), 1988

Bonhams, Los Angeles

October 18, 2016

$3,125  USD

 One Plate, from Pop Shop IV by Keith Haring

Keith Haring

One Plate, from Pop Shop IV

Bonhams, Los Angeles

October 18, 2016

$10,625  USD


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