Keith Haring Estate Joins Barbara Gladstone Gallery

Keith Haring Estate Joins Barbara Gladstone Gallery

After Jeffrey Deitch closed his SoHo gallery last June to become director of Los Angeles's MOCA, Keith Haring's estate was left without New York representation. But now the artist's estate has signed up with Barbara Gladstone, who told the New York Times that she has followed Haring's work since commissioning him to do his first set of prints in 1982. She called the development a "homecoming."

A representative for the Gladstone Gallery told ARTINFO that a Haring show is in the works for May at its 21st Street space. Gladstone also has a space on 24th Street, and one in Brussels, Belgium.

Many leading New York dealers have presented solo shows of Haring's work in recent years, including Van de Weghe Fine Art, Tony Shafrazi, and Deitch, who exhibited a 70-foot-long mural painted by the artist for San Francisco's South of Market Childcare Center in 1985.

Since Haring's death in 1990, his estate has been administered by the Keith Haring Foundation, which he established after being diagnosed with AIDS. The foundation has a twofold mission of supporting educational opportunities for underprivileged children and financing AIDS research and patient care.

Haring's Pop-inflected, graffiti-inspired drawings have become emblematic of 1980s New York, and works authenticated by his foundation are very much in demand. At Phillips de Pury's June contemporary art sale in London, a Haring work from 1983 fetched £157,250 ($237,000).

In other Keith Haring-related news, residents of the Australian town of Collingwood outside Melbourne are currently debating whether or not to restore a faded mural that the artist created in 1984. A Facebook group called "Save the Keith Haring Mural" has attracted more than 5,000 members.