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Lot 31

Poss. Keith Haring Doodle on DJ Album

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

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Possibly Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990). Felt-tip pen drawing or doodle on a DJ album cover depicting four figures in Haring's iconic style with the word "Smokey" written below them. With a vinyl record by Zuzan titled "Girls Can Jack Too."

Provenance: From the collection of Mark Kamins, a DJ in the New York club scene, 2017; Private Minnesota Collection.

Lot Essay:
Keith Haring, born on May 4, 1958, in Reading, Pennsylvania, emerged as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. With an innate talent for drawing, Haring's artistic journey began in the streets of New York City, where he used subway stations as his canvas, creating bold, dynamic images that captured the vibrant energy of the city. His iconic style, characterized by simple, yet powerful lines and vibrant colors, quickly garnered attention and became synonymous with the downtown art scene of the 1980s.

Haring's work was more than just visually striking; it was deeply rooted in social and political activism. Inspired by his own experiences and the world around him, he used his art as a platform to address pressing issues such as AIDS awareness, apartheid, and the crack cocaine epidemic. His famous "Radiant Baby" and "Crack is Wack" murals became symbols of hope and resistance, transcending cultural boundaries and sparking important conversations about societal injustices.

Mark Kamins was a prolific club DJ starting in 1977 with gigs at the Mudd Room and Danceteria. He worked in A&R for Island Records where he signed the bands The Waitresses and Was (Not Was). He was the driving force in getting his girlfriend at the time, Madonna, a record contract with Sire Records. The presently offered item comes from his 20,000+ record collection which passed from Mark to his mother upon his death and was purchased privately in 2017.

Height: 12 1/4 in x width: 12 in 1/4 in.


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