POSTERS

Keith Haring emerged as the shooting star of the New York art scene in the ‘80s. Becoming world famous almost overnight, his simply drawn figures were soon to be found on watches and cars, T-shirts and shopping bags, turning Haring into one of the best know artists of his generation.

Between 1982 and 1990, Haring designed around 85 posters. These included advertisements for exhibitions of his own work as well as cultural events or political issues. Haring’s drawings themselves incorporate the clear cut lines and reduced features needed for effective posters, which have to stand out and be understood at a glance. The uni-colored backgrounds help to make the outlined figures and drawings even clearer. The content of the advertisement is apparent in the illustration — the text being of secondary importance.

Haring’s colorful posters, with their precise pictorial language, direct messages, and universal appeal, still exert an incomparable fascination on us to this day.

Original Works

85 museum quality original posters.

Highlights

Museum quality original posters; considered to be one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world. Plus approximately 20 collectibles / exhibits from the Haring “Pop Shop” for exhibit in display cases.

Exhibition Materials

Captions, wall texts.

Display

Approx. 130 linear meters (390 linear feet).

Characteristics of Collection
  • Geographic location of storage: Northern Europe.
  • All works are shipped framed as per international museum standards.
  • Collection includes the necessary international shipping crates and packing materials ensuring safe ‘nail to nail” transport.
  • Collection is comprehensive, covering a substantial part of the artist’s body of work making it capable of serving as a stand-alone exhibition.
  • Museum curators are provided with extensive information and may curate the exhibition to their specifications.
  • Collection may be expanded or complemented with art from the borrowing museum’s own collections.
  • Collection provides endless opportunities for the development of educational programs, which we can assist with.

ORIGINALS

Keith Haring was an American graphic artist and designer, best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings, which he first made in subway stations and later exhibited in museums.

Haring moved to New York City in 1978 and began using the city as his canvas, making chalk drawings in subway stations. He had found a highly effective medium that allowed him to communicate his work with the wider audience and he created white chalk drawings on the unused advertising panels covered with matte black paper in a subway station. He considered the subways to be his ‘laboratory’. Between 1980 and 1985, he produced hundreds of these ‘Subway Drawings’ (one of which is featured in this collection). His signature images included dancing figures, a radiant baby, a barking dog, a flying saucer, large hearts, and figures with televisions for heads. These graffiti drawings became familiar to New York commuters, who would often stop to engage with the artist. He also attracted the attention of the city authorities which arrested him for vandalism on numerous occasions.

The ‘Radiant Baby’ is probably one of Keith Haring’s most famous images and was first seen in his work from the New York subway, where he used the baby symbol as a signature or a tag. Haring described the Radiant Baby as the “purest and most positive experience of human existence.” For Haring, it was a symbol of hope for the future representing youthful innocence, purity, goodness, potential and also his continuing interest in the powers of Jesus.

Haring’s career was short but prolific. Over a period of 10 years, he created paintings, silkscreens, lithographs, aquatints, etchings and embossings. He was featured in more than a hundred solo and group exhibitions and produced more than 50 public artworks in cities around the world many of which were created for charities, orphanages, hospitals and children’s daycare centers. Haring was socially conscious, and his murals often reflected his position on social issues. He sought to raise awareness of AIDS and fought against the proliferation of illegal drugs.

Original Works

Over 100 original signed works.

Highlights

Two rare Subway drawings, complete suites (including ‘Ludo’, ‘Free South Africa’, ‘The Story of Red and Blue’, ‘Stones’, ‘Kalish’), Medusa Head (the largest print in the artist’s oeuvre), Growing #2.

Exhibition Materials

Captions, wall texts.

Display

Approx. 100 linear meters (300 linear feet).

Characteristics of Collection
  • Geographic location of storage: U.S.A. (north-east).
  • All works are shipped framed as per international museum standards.
  • Collection includes the necessary international shipping crates and packing materials ensuring safe ‘nail to nail” transport.
  • Collection is comprehensive, covering a substantial part of the artist’s body of work making it capable of serving as a stand-alone exhibition.
  • Museum curators are provided with extensive information and may curate the exhibition to their specifications.
  • Collection may be expanded or complemented with art from the borrowing museum’s own collections.
  • Collection provides endless opportunities for the development of educational programs, which we can assist with.

NOTICE:

We encourage museums interested in hosting our collection to obtain a copy of the Code of Best Practices In Fair Use for the Visual Arts (see link) to learn more about the scope of their rights to advertise exhibitions in ways that comply with copyright law yet do not require the approval or licensing of copyright owners.