Dear Keith: Works from the Personal Collection of Keith Haring will present 140+ works of art and objects from Haring’s personal collection at Sotheby’s.
The Keith Haring Foundation – an organization established by the artist shortly before his death in 1990 from HIV/AIDS-related causes is auctioning the works. Haring’s collection features works gifted to, purchased by and traded with Haring among friends and artists in his community, including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf and many more.
In keeping with the Foundation’s mission to sustain and expand the artist’s legacy of philanthropy, full proceeds from the auction will benefit The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York. Also known as The Center, the organization empowers the queer community of New York to lead healthy, successful lives and celebrates the community’s diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity.
During his 10+ years living and working in downtown Manhattan, Haring was engaged in the queer art and activism scene. He executed one of his final large-scale murals, Once Upon a Time, in the second-floor men’s bathroom at The Center in May 1989 for The Center Show – a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that featured works by LGBTQ artists commissioned by The Center.
The online auction for Dear Keith: Works from the Personal Collection of Keith Haring will open for bidding from September 24 – October 1, 2020.
(Installation photos, Nancy Elizabeth Hill; via Sotheby’s)