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Keith Haring, Letter to an Aspiring Artist

Keith Haring


Current Stock: 1


Letter to an aspiring young artist, ca. 1987
Original handwritten, hand signed letter to a young artist, done in ink on Keith Haring's original letterhead paper
Signed on the front in ink
One of a kind piece of Pop Art history. This is one of the best, if not the best, most coveted letter ever written by Keith Haring - done on his letterhead in his own hand. Keith Haring died in 1989 of AIDS at the very young age of only 31. The present work is a collectors item, a conversation piece and an inspiration for anyone in the creative arts. Perhaps the most poignant part of the letter isn't the section where he advises his correspondent to believe in himself, but rather Haring's own confession that he drew all the time because it was "my only visible talent"...The last time this letter appeared on the public market was back in 2010 - and it made quite a splash then. These heartfelt truths, though written so simply, capture the essence of the artist's words. They are timeless - and priceless - words. A must-have for true Haring fans, followers and collectors. You won't see the likes of this one again.
The authenticity of this letter is unconditionally guaranteed
It is handwritten and hand signed on Haring's personal letterhead, and reads as follows:

Michael -

Thanks for your letter. I draw everyday. When I was 15, I wanted to be an artist so I drew all the time. It was my only visible talent.

Whatever you do, the only secrect is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don't do it for anyone else.

Good luck,

Note that Haring has misspelled the word "secret" (not uncommon by the way for many art majors like Haring who bypassed academics and focused solely on studio art.) When this amazing, historic Haring letter first came to market in 2010,

Letter itself:
11 inches x 8.5 inches
17.5" x 15" x 1.5"


Height:   11.00
Width:   8.50