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Jun262011

KEITH HARING - LITTLE PENIS DRAWING, BIG PENIS ART

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Dick doodles (which are oh so silly when dashed off by drunk teenagers) are worthy of attention by serious collectors when whipped out by a penis scribbler with gallery cred. This is clearly seen in an exceptional work by Keith Haring, "Original Erect Penis Hand Drawing over Warhol Stamp " (this really is the title, love the accuracy!).

 As described at the terrific art auction site Zarts, "This great Keith Haring penis drawing is drawn with black sharpie over a small Andy Warhol ‘Flowers’ stamp. The stamp itself reads "The Estate and Foundation of Andy Warhol" and is dry-mounted on museum board. A great piece that combines two of the greatest Pop artists. As Haring rarely drew explicit images, this is much rarer than most."

Haring spent a lot of time making art in the NYC subway system, and to the art critics here at NYD it's obvious that he learned a great deal from the pecker on poster defacements so commonly seen there. Although we usually imagine Haring synthesizing the wild and rampant spray-can graffiti styles of the day, this tiny tool tag highlights how much he owes to the ubiquitous sharpie boner sketch.

Our thanks go out to Keith Haring, a great artist, a serious student of graffiti, and an obvious aficionado of New York dick.