Untitled (FDR NY) #3 & #4

Keith Haring

This pair of spray painted metal panels by Keith Haring was part of a unique continuous frieze by the artist, of an astounding 255 feet in length, which was created along a fence that lined FDR Drive at Asphalt Green Park in New York City. Painted in situ during 1984, the 30 or so panels were taken down in 1985 and subsequently dispersed.

1984 was a pivotal year for Haring. He was experiencing his second year of exhibiting internationally, and was buoyed by his recent shows at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, and the influential Robert Fraser Gallery in London the year before. His work was included in group shows at SF MoMA and the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris, and he made murals in Australia and Brazil, as well as in New York. Arguably some of the most famous photographs of Haring were also taken that year by Andy Warhol, after Haring had body-painted the performer Grace Jones with tribal patterns.

Image credit: Eric Kroll

Keith Haring (1958-1990)
Untitled (FDR NY) #3 & #4
Spray enamel paint on metal (2 pieces)
48 x 204 in : 121.9 x 518.2 cm
Originally part of a street installation lining the FDR parkway, New York, until 1985; Private collection, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, 'Keith Haring' February 22 -June 29, 2008; Beaux-Arts Mons and Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium, 'Keith Haring All-Over' May 9 -September 13, 2009; Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ 'Keith Haring' November 4 -December 16, 2012; Gagosian Gallery, London, 'Sprayed: Works from 1929-2015' June 11 –August 1, 2015 (another pair of panels exhibited)
Burroughs, William S., et al. Keith Haring: Future Primeval. Normal, Illinois: University Galleries Illinois State University & Abbeville Press, 1990. Illus. pp.116-117; Deitch, Jeffrey, Suzanne Geiss, and Julia Gruen. Keith Haring. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2008. Illus. pp.300-301; Mercurio, Gianni, ed. Keith Haring. Milan: Skira Editore in conjunction with Musée de l’art contemporain de Lyon, 2008. Exh. cat. Illus. pp.176-189; Mercurio, Gianni, ed.Keith Haring All-Over. Milan: Skira Editore in conjunction with BAM (Beaux-Arts Mons), 2009. Exh. cat. Illus. pp.176-189; Keith Haring. Paris: Galerie Laurent Strouk, 2014. Exh. cat. Illus. p.105; Lueddeckens, Jona. Sprayed: Works from 1929-2015. London: Gagosian Gallery, 2015. Exh. cat. Illus. pp.76-79 (another pair of panels exhibited); Mercurio, Gianni, et al. Keith Haring, About Art. Milan: Giunti Editore in conjunction with Palazzo Reale, 2017. Exh. cat. Illus. pp. 82-84
Referred to on the Keith Haring Foundation website, with the reference SP.1984.02
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