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Lot 8017
This lot consists of a large white chalk on black paper Subway Drawing. Image depicts three Radiant Angles hoovering over a large fire. Flanked on either side of the fire are two iconic barking dogs. Like many of Haring's Subway drawings this piece has pressing social relevance, perhaps it's a depiction of religious oppression...or abuse of power. This simple yet powerful linear depiction is executed in the contemporary, street art style of Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990). This large, museum quality framed piece measures 48" x 34".

In late 1980, Haring noticed that New York City subway’s blank advertising spaces were covered with black matte paper when advertising subscriptions expired. He immediately purchased some chalk, and started drawing. Over the next five years, this became a daily, repetitive obsession: he would ride the subway, look for these empty spaces of black paper, and draw quickly—without any preparation—and then leave on the next train. Through incessant repetition,Haring’s subway drawings allowed him to perfect his highly recognizable reduced linear vocabulary, and to create an inventory of images. Simplification was practical: he needed to complete his drawings as fast as possible to avoid being arrested. He created characters, such as the barking dog and the radiating baby, which he drew on flat planes with no spatial depth, often with only a horizon line or a staircase to suggest space. Drawn close to the surface like cartoons, his images had immediacy and impact, and could carry multiple meanings through various combinations.
Private Collection

Framed = 48" x 34" / Image = 39" x 24"

Finger Lakes Auction has been commissioned to liquidate several private collections of fine art. The pieces in this auction came from established collectors both in the United States and Europe. This is one of the pieces from those collections.

Please note: This work is being sold "In the style of" the named artist. “In the style of” works are works by an unknown creator whose style is strongly under the influence of the style of the named master artist.

Please use photos as part of the description. The absence of condition report does not guarantee excellent condition. Please contact us for an in-hand evaluation or for additional photos. Finger Lakes Fine Art Auction and Appraisers-- Upstate New York's Finest Gallery.


Overall very good condition. Little to no signs of age, wear, or other aesthetic damage. Please review photos for further reference.

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Keith Haring (1958 - 1990) -- Subway Drawing - style of

Estimate $10,000 - $20,000Mar 2, 2019