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Keith Haring, Hiroshima Peace Celebration (Hand Signed with documented provenance from the Estate of Patrick Eddington), 1988

Keith Haring
$7,000.00

Hiroshima Peace Celebration (Hand Signed with documented provenance from the Estate of Patrick Eddington), 1988

Very Rare Offset Lithograph Poster. Hand Signed by Keith Haring. Unframed. Accompanied by a copy of Haring note.
29 3/4 × 20 1/4 in
75.6 × 51.4 cm

Very Rare Offset Lithograph Poster. Hand Signed by Keith Haring. Unframed. Accompanied by a copy of Haring note.

Condition: In very good vintage condition with some minor overall creasing & small tear along the edges which should frame out. Removed from frame

Our clients know that we won't buy hand signed Keith Haring works, especially posters, unless the provenance is impeccable and authenticity irrefutable. This is one of them. This already rare and collectible offset lithograph, illustrated by Haring with art direction by Maasaki Fukushi, was created to promote the music concert "Heiwa ga ii ni Kimatteru!!" (roughly translated, it means Peace is a Good Thing, or Celebration of Peace), held in Hiroshima, Japan on August 5, 1988. Some of the musicians and bands present at the concert were as follows:
Up-beat/ Koari/ARB/ Echoes/Off Course/The Shamrock/The Heart/The Blue Hearts/Sion/Zig Zag/ Hound Dog/Personz/Bakufu - Slump/Bee- Public/Loudness/ Look/ Red Warriors and many others.
This work was, exceptionally, hand signed and dated by Haring and sent to Patrick Eddington (more on Mr. Eddington in a bit), and it even included the original postmarked tube that Haring sent (in Keith's own hand, which we know well from his correspondence) from Haring's home address on Broadway in Manhattan, addressed to Patrick Eddington in Utah. So who was Patrick Eddington of Utah, and why did Keith Haring send him this artwork? Patrick Eddington was a Utah school teacher who had the improbable idea of writing to his favorite artists and asking them to draw or paint pictures of cats. “This project is a labor of love," Eddington wrote of his endeavor in a 2004 letter. “It will culminate as a large book and traveling exhibition. It will also help Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. I’ve asked individuals I admire to create cat-related works. They are not the typical cat images but creative works.” One of the artists Eddington approached was the graffiti/street icon Keith Haring, with whom he engaged in communications about an even larger project as well - a mural, that alas, never came to fruition. Patrick Eddington passed away in early 2016, and his vision was, unfortunately, never realized. Nonetheless, artists like Keith Haring, William T. Wiley, Roy de Forest, Kiki Smith, Marcel Dzama and many others were inspired by the earnestness and quixotic nature of Eddington's endeavor, and sent him drawings, paintings, prints, doodles, letters and posters, like this one, which were then sold after his death. For reference and provenance only, is a photograph of the handwritten note that Haring wrote when he sent this (and another) signed postcard to Eddington. Please note the present lot is the hand signed poster; Original Haring letter not included, but copy will be provided.

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Hiroshima Peace Celebration (Hand Signed with documented provenance from the Estate of Patrick Eddington), 1988

Very Rare Offset Lithograph Poster. Hand Signed by Keith Haring. Unframed. Accompanied by a copy of Haring note.
29 3/4 × 20 1/4 in
75.6 × 51.4 cm

Very Rare Offset Lithograph Poster. Hand Signed by Keith Haring. Unframed. Accompanied by a copy of Haring note.

Condition: In very good vintage condition with some minor overall creasing & small tear along the edges which should frame out. Removed from frame

Our clients know that we won't buy hand signed Keith Haring works, especially posters, unless the provenance is impeccable and authenticity irrefutable. This is one of them. This already rare and collectible offset lithograph, illustrated by Haring with art direction by Maasaki Fukushi, was created to promote the music concert "Heiwa ga ii ni Kimatteru!!" (roughly translated, it means Peace is a Good Thing, or Celebration of Peace), held in Hiroshima, Japan on August 5, 1988. Some of the musicians and bands present at the concert were as follows:
Up-beat/ Koari/ARB/ Echoes/Off Course/The Shamrock/The Heart/The Blue Hearts/Sion/Zig Zag/ Hound Dog/Personz/Bakufu - Slump/Bee- Public/Loudness/ Look/ Red Warriors and many others.
This work was, exceptionally, hand signed and dated by Haring and sent to Patrick Eddington (more on Mr. Eddington in a bit), and it even included the original postmarked tube that Haring sent (in Keith's own hand, which we know well from his correspondence) from Haring's home address on Broadway in Manhattan, addressed to Patrick Eddington in Utah. So who was Patrick Eddington of Utah, and why did Keith Haring send him this artwork? Patrick Eddington was a Utah school teacher who had the improbable idea of writing to his favorite artists and asking them to draw or paint pictures of cats. “This project is a labor of love," Eddington wrote of his endeavor in a 2004 letter. “It will culminate as a large book and traveling exhibition. It will also help Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. I’ve asked individuals I admire to create cat-related works. They are not the typical cat images but creative works.” One of the artists Eddington approached was the graffiti/street icon Keith Haring, with whom he engaged in communications about an even larger project as well - a mural, that alas, never came to fruition. Patrick Eddington passed away in early 2016, and his vision was, unfortunately, never realized. Nonetheless, artists like Keith Haring, William T. Wiley, Roy de Forest, Kiki Smith, Marcel Dzama and many others were inspired by the earnestness and quixotic nature of Eddington's endeavor, and sent him drawings, paintings, prints, doodles, letters and posters, like this one, which were then sold after his death. For reference and provenance only, is a photograph of the handwritten note that Haring wrote when he sent this (and another) signed postcard to Eddington. Please note the present lot is the hand signed poster; Original Haring letter not included, but copy will be provided.

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Weight: 4.00 LBS
Width: 20.25
Height: 29.75
Depth: 0.10
Max Purchase Qty: 1 unit
Shipping: $80.00 (Fixed Shipping Cost)