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Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990)



How much are original Keith Haring paintings worth?

Keith Haring is a true American icon and one-of-a-kind pop artist and as such his paintings fetch a large amount when they come to auction. Some Keith Haring paintings can be worth millions of dollars and even his smaller works often fetch a hundred thousand or more -- though some pieces can still be had for tens of thousands of dollars. The most ever paid for a Keith Haring painting is $6,537,500 for the piece Untitled (1982) on May 18th, 2017. It is a prototypical Haring, with his trademark simplistic human figures, wolves, and clouds painted in white lines against a black background.

Who was Keith Haring? 

Much like his mentor Andy Warhol, the central focus of pop-modern graffiti artist Keith Haring’s career was to make art accessible to the public. His work has endured posthumously - just as Warhol’s has - because of its accessibility and commercial appeal. Haring was obsessed with the commercial applications of his art. In 1986, Haring opened his own store in Soho called the Pop Shop that sold mass-produced products of his work such as shirts and posters. Throughout his career, Haring also used his work to benefit the public by working in conjunction with literacy, environmental, human rights and children art education programs. Haring’s works were displayed on an international scale and featured in the Sao Paulo Biennial, the Paris Biennial, and the Whitney Biennial.

How did Keith Haring get started?

Haring was interested in drawing from an early age, and even as a child gravitated towards cartooning and popular art. This interest in popular art led Haring to attend the Ivy School of Professional Art, but he quickly learned he had no interest in commercial graphic art, and in 1978 moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts. During his time in New York, Haring became infatuated with the alternative art community of the streets rather than the formal art world of museums and galleries and decided to devote his career to bringing his art to the streets. He first began by displaying art in subway stations, and as his work gained momentum, he designed public works such as an animation for a billboard in Times Square, a mural for the Berlin Wall, and designs for swatch watches.

What was Keith Haring famous for?

Keith Haring is most famous for his figure drawings, a kaleidoscopic, jig-sawed mishmash of simple drawings and bright (often primary) colors. Though he started as a street artist, he received international recognition for these pieces in the 1980s. He was also known as a philanthropist and raised money for many causes throughout his lifetime. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, and soon after created the Keith Haring Foundation to provide funding to AIDS organizations and children’s programs. His work has been associated with the gay community and AIDS research since then. He died in 1990 from AIDS-related complications. His work lives on today, frequently featured in the designs of many high-end fashion brands.

What kind of art did Keith Haring make?

Keith Haring made street art inspired pieces that often featured simple, human figures painted in bright colors. While his work started on the streets (and subways) of New York City, he quickly found a wider audience and was in many major galleries by the 1980s. His work brought together many disparate groups of people and artists, aligning urban artists, the gay community, and pop performers under one banner. He created animations that were used for Swatch Watches as well as the electronic billboards in Times Square. 

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