Keith Haring - Aus: Pyramid - image-1

Lot 454 D

Keith Haring - Aus: Pyramid

Auction 1079 - overview Cologne
03.12.2016, 14:00 - Contemporary Art
Estimate: 30.000 € - 40.000 €
Result: 39.680 € (incl. premium)

Keith Haring

Aus: Pyramid

Aluminium, anodised. 103.3 x 144.5 x 3 cm. Signed and dated (engraved) 'K.Haring 89' verso, with artist's signum and inscribed 'P.P.'. With hanging device. One of two printer's proof aside from the numbered edition of 30 (+ 6 A.P.). From the same-named, four-part series. Edition Schellmann, Munich-New York (engraved edition note verso). - Minor traces of age.

Keith Haring is considered one of the main representatives of graffiti art which came into being in New York during the 1980s. With his reduced design vocabulary composed of black contours and vibrant colours, he develops his style-defining system of symbols which became part of the 1980s/1990s pop culture. The pyramid is an element of this system and, from the artist's perspective, symbolises a primeval building in which man can focus his strength. For the densely arranged pyramid editions, the pointy shape establishes a fitting analogy which lends Keith Haring's typical subjects a concise expression. Inspired by Pharaonic tombs, he places a single figure at the top of each triangle, sitting enthroned over his hieroglyphs puzzle like a deity.


We would like to thank Edition Schellmann, Munich, for the helpful information.


Jörg Schellmann (ed.), Edition Schellmann 1969-2009, Ostfildern 2009, p.147 with colour illus. (illus. of a different copy)