Untitled (Helmet and Invitation)
- medium Marker pen on helmet and printed paper invitation
- edition 1
- size 11.00w x 6.50h in
- created 1987
COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Exhibited: Brussels, Galerie de la Béreaudière, KEITH HARING & his Belgian entourage, 5 September – 29 November 2019
invitation 15.2 x 20 cm (5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
helmet 14.1 x 20.5 x 26.6 cm (5 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 10 1/2 in.)
This unique art object was created during a pre-exhibition party titled Pour un déJeuner sur l’herbe, (a nod to Edouard Manet’s 1863 masterpiece) to celebrate the opening of Keith Haring at Casino Knokke, Belgium in 1987. The Elderid mountain climbing helmet was also popular with skateboarders, hence the skating figure rendered by Haring for the helmet’s original owner, one of the party attendees.
The circle surrounding an x, denoted on both the helmet, and invitation, is an indicator that this is an authentic Keith Haring piece.
The “X” marking inside the body of Haring’s figures was a more general statement against the transformation of humans into targets, as Haring took a strong stand against events of the time, like the AIDS crisis, the state of emergency during the apartheid-era in South Africa, or the war in Vietnam war.