Keith Haring (1958-1990)
    USA-1, 1984
    Oil on burlap
    24-1/2 x 21-1/2 inches (62.2 x 54.6 cm)
    Signed, titled, and dated on the reverse: 84 April / 20 / Keith Haring / USA-1

    Sidney Janis Gallery, New York;
    Private collection, acquired from the above;
    Sotheby's New York, November 14, 2012, lot 304;
    Private collection.

    "It was the idea of making the movements I was doing into a kind of choreography - a kind of dance. I was thinking that the very act of painting placed you in an exhilarated state- it was a sacred moment." -KEITH HARING

    USA-1 perfectly encapsulates Keith Haring's imagery and mature style. The work features his simplistic graphic yet expressive subject matter, which was inspired from personal experiences and cultural developments occurring in in New York City. Music played an important role throughout Keith Haring's public and private life and it became an essential element in his creativity. Haring often worked to music and played hip-hop at full volume in his studio. He was a passionate dancer, and visits to his favorite club, the Paradise Garage, were part of his weekend ritual. Having personal friendships with people in the club scene and the recording industry, his desire for new music guaranteed him constant sources of new inspiration. While traveling, he would carry a selection of tapes compiled by his friends and DJs. In New York City, the 1980s saw the rise of the hip-hop culture and a new musical movement. Rappers released songs detailing their lives and struggles of living in the inner city, break-dancers explored forms of movement. These exposures became new forms of stimulation for Haring.

    The figure in the present work exudes energy: the head has been replaced with a boom box, perhaps referencing the effect that music can have on one's body. The strong, bold line work around the figure's hands and feet indicate a sense of rhythm and drama. The minimalist technique of the work further emphasizes the rhythmic nature of the subject. Haring's figure seems to be in a state of flux, moving to the sound of music. USA-1 Haring at his best-a 'flat' painting is brought to life.

    Condition Report*:

    This work appears to be in overall good condition; the burlap is taped to the mat along the extreme edges; matted and framed under acrylic. Framed Dimensions 32 X 32 Inches

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