Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Against All Odds. 20 Drawings Oct. 3, 1989

Rotterdam: Bébert Publishing House, 1989. First edition. Hardcover. 913/2500. Large Oblong Octavo. Unpaginated. Original orange buckram with black lettering on cover and peach spine. Housed in orange cloth slipcase with black lettering on cover. Orange endpapers. Published with the collaboration of Mera and Donald Rubell by Bébert Publishing House Publishing House in Spring 1990. The edition consists of 2,500 hard cover copies, printed to acid-free Rivoli paper and bound by Stokkink B.V. in Amsterdam. With text by Keith Haring, facsimile print of his handwriting and hand-numbered in pencil on imprint page. Minor rubbing to slipcase, else in fine condition. Fine condition. Item #53633
ISBN: 9052450110

Keith Haring (1958-1990), born Reading and raised in nearby Kutztown, Pennsylvania, was an American Pop-Art artist immersed in the graffiti subculture of New York in the 1980s. He had developed a love for drawing at a very early age, learning basic cartooning skills from his father and from the popular culture around him, such as Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney. In 1976 Haring enrolled in the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, a commercial arts school. He soon realized that he had little interest in becoming a commercial graphic artist and, after two semesters, dropped out. While in Pittsburgh, Haring continued to study and work on his own and in 1978 had a solo exhibition of his work at the Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Center.

Later that same year, Haring moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA). In New York, Haring found a thriving alternative art community that was developing outside the gallery and museum system, in the downtown streets, the subways and spaces in clubs and former dance halls. Here he became friends with fellow artists Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as the musicians, performance artists and graffiti writers that comprised the burgeoning art community. Haring was swept up in the energy and spirit of this scene and began to organize and participate in exhibitions and performances at Club 57 and other alternative venues.

Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation, its mandate being to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for Haring’s work through exhibitions, publications and the licensing of his images. Haring enlisted his imagery during the last years of his life to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS.

During a brief but intense career that spanned the 1980s, Haring’s work was featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. In 1986 alone, he was the subject of more than 40 newspaper and magazine articles. He was highly sought after to participate in collaborative projects ,and worked with artists and performers as diverse as Madonna, Grace Jones, Bill T. Jones, William Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol. By expressing universal concepts of birth, death, love, sex and war, using a primacy of line and directness of message, Haring was able to attract a wide audience and assure the accessibility and staying power of his imagery, which has become a universally recognized visual language of the 20th century. (Keith Haring Foundation).

Price: $5,000.00

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