The Keith Haring Foundation honors the 30th anniversary after the artist’s death by putting on auction the Haring’s collection. All the incomes will be donated to The Center, the heart of New York’s LGBTQ community.
On auction Keith Haring’s personal art collection
«An artist is the spokesperson of a company at a precise historical moment. His perception of the world in which we all live determines his artistic language. It is a medium between “what is” and “what could be.” Keith Haring said.
And here, on the thirtieth anniversary of the artist’s death, the Keith Haring Foundation is organizing a charity auction with Sotheby’s. Dear Keith will take place entirely online from 24 September to 1 October, with an almost letter-like title.
Harrison Tenzer, Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Online Sales in New York, said: “The collection is extraordinarily autobiographical, and like any great heritage it is a window on the collector’s perspective”. In particular, his, is deeply imbued with life, with themes ranging from drugs, to AIDS, to discrimination.
The works at auction come from the artist’s private collection. There are also the works of artists who have strongly inspired his own production. Among them, also Kenny Sharf, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
On the other hand, the profits will be donated to The Center, heart of the New York LGBTQ community. “The Center,” according to Executive Director Glennda Testone, “embodies a lot of what Keith did: community, empowerment, young people, the support of our future. We are sure that this gift, in this historical period, is the right thing for this purpose ». Thirty years after his death, the leader of Street Art continues being a key figure.
Art for everyone, Keith Haring
Haring’s communication is very immediate. In particular, the artist uses simple shapes outlined by large black lines, stylized characters. All these elements remind of the Walt Disney comics and cartoons he loved as a boy.
His works represent refined street culture with a new urban language that does not go unnoticed; the international success of his works has, however, contributed to the proliferation of art forms in public spaces, spreading a wider artistic sensitivity.
“It is increasingly clear to me that art is not an elitist activity for the appreciation of a few. Art is for everyone, and this is the goal I want to work for “.
Haring believes that art can transform the world, as it attributes it a positive influence on men. Today his creations still continue catching everyone’s eyes on the market.