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Keith Haring (American, 1958 - 1990). "Subway drawings: UFO [and] Dancing Man". Marker drawings on acrylic glass subway car window. 1984. Provenance: New York City (Brooklyn) estate of a former MTA contractor who was instructed by the Authority, years ago, to discard the object as part of a rubble pile. In 1984 the NYC Transit Authority (part of the MTA) initiated a massive graffiti clean up campaign of its stations and cars. This window suffers from both graffiti (which could have been cleaned) and damage to the glass itself (which was unrepairable), hence it was replaced and discarded. Description and condition: Drawn by Haring on a MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) New York City subway car window (acrylic glass), measuring 10 1/16 x 20 1/16 x 3/8 in (25.6 x 51 x 1 cm). Haring’s ‘Radiant Baby’ figure (upper left) is drawn in black marker directly on the acrylic; his composition is then partially covered by blue graffiti paint. A “Maze Master” paper sticker is affixed upper left and a “Video Maniac” paper sticker is affixed on top of the MTA “symbols” paper sticker, lower center. The symbols represent no smoking, no littering, and no boomboxes (ubiquitous in NYC subways and streets in the 1970s and 1980s). Haring’s ‘UFO’ is also drawn in black marker on top of the reddish-orange graffiti and is positioned so that the “photon torpedoes” emanating from the spacecraft have destroyed an object to the craft’s lower right. In fact the “object” is a large heat blister in the acrylic glass created by some powerful heat source. It is clear from the marks of the marker (they slightly overlap parts of the “object”) that the blister was created before the drawing. There is also heat blistering on the “no smoking” symbol itself. A white and blue ‘MTA – New York City Subway’ ticket (?), marked paid, is pasted on the acrylic, far right. Scattered scratches, graffiti, as found. Image copyright © The Keith Haring Foundation. [29272] |16000| {R100} (TL19) uzzzz~uozzz

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493: KEITH HARING - Subway drawings: UFO [and] Dancing

Estimate $20,000 - $25,000Jan 27, 2017