13 × 11 × 1/4 in
33 × 27.9 × 0.6 cm
Uniquely inscribed Proof
This work is aside from the regular edition of 150. Do not buy this print unless the edition is numbered, or bears an authentic inscription with impeccable provenance as the present work. The others are unsigned invitations - many of which purport to be pencil signed by Haring. They are not.
In 1988, Keith Haring was at the height of his fame as an artist (and a fixture on the downtown Manhattan club scene.) That year, he designed this print as an invitation for a decadent New Years Eve sex party in NYC, featuring a pinstriped personification of capitalism - an irreverent, and quintessentially Haring design. Only two years later, tragically, he would be dead of AIDS.
Only 150 of them were signed and numbered, and some artists proofs - like the present work - were personally inscribed by Keith.
Own a piece of Pop history with extraordinary provenance. This is a hand signed and inscribed limited edition silkscreen entitled "1988 Man". It is a uniquely inscribed Artist's Proof, aside from the regular edition. This silkscreen was given by Keith Haring to his dear friend and dealer, the pioneering Miami art dealer, Dorothy Berenson Blau who was one of the first to champion Pop Art and befriended artists like Keith Haring, Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol. She published several Pop Art portfolios, and actively promoted Pop artists in the Miami region with great success. The work is hand signed and dated by Keith Haring along the right recto and inscribed to her with obvious gratitude. The inscription reads as follows:
"For Dorothy with Love"
13 x 11 inches (frame)
10 1/8 x 8 inches (sheet)
This was acquired from the Berenson Estate. Authenticity is unconditionally guaranteed.
Provenance: Acquired from the estate of pioneering Miami art dealer Dorothy Berenson Blau