First Day Cover




48 first day covers for the WFUNA UNITED NATIONS STAMP ISSUE. Each FDC has stamps and depicts KEITH HARINGS artwork. Each art print is individually hand signed. Each art print is individually numbered and bears the embossed seal of the Federation. Note On The Artist : In only a few short years, Keith Haring, born in 1958 in the quiet, sleepy town of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, has literally left his mark all over the world.

History may prove Haring to be one of the most significant artists of his generation, not only because of his work, but because of the range of the crowd it pleases. Haring has stretched the audience for art through his work which ranks as one of the most innovative and progressive developments in the art world over the recent decade. His work encompasses all the visual matters of street born pop culture and utilizes an almost generic form of cross-cultural hieroglyphics that ponder metaphysical and political ideas.

In the beginning, Haring seemed more comfortable exhibiting in the subterranean corners of the New York City subway system with his white chalk figures appearing in many mysterious shapes, including his famous glowing baby, the barking dog, flying TV sets, atomic explosions and the cookie-cutter of a man with a hole in his stomach. Now these whimsical, child-like characters have been exploding all over the world, adorning huge canvasses that are exhibited in major, prestigious galleries in New York, Belgium, Italy, New Mexico, West Germany and California, to mention just a few.

He is represented exclusively by the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York City. His work appears in major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Whitney Museum in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Musee d'Art Contemporain in Bordeaux among countless others. They have been turned into huge metal sculptures for the Schneider Children's Hospital on Long Island, New York where they are sat on, sat under and climbed on, not just looked at.

His commitment to children is further evidenced by his permanent murals at Children's Hospital, National Medical Center in Washington, D. Grady Hospital in Atlanta; Necker Children's Hospital in Paris and the Maternity Ward of the Princess Grace Hospital in Monte Carlo.

In 1989, Princess Caroline of Monaco honored Keith Haring with the title, "Chevalier de l'Ordre Merite Culturel". His list of accomplishments goes on and on -- a gigantic mural, 520 feet long, painted with 300 elementary school students in Chicago, Illinois, the mural project at an elementary school in Iowa City, Iowa; his 300 foot mural at the Berlin Wall, West Germany; the logo and T-shirt design for "Young Scientist's Day" at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and the mural at "The Center", a lesbian and gay community service center in New York City. His works also include set designs for the Ballet National de Marseille and the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Company. His most recent project is the Keith Haring Progetto Italia commissioned by the city of Pisa, Italy to paint a permanent mural on the exterior wall of San Antonio Church. In 1986, Haring opened the "Pop Shop", a retail store in Manhattan which sells numerous products bearing his imagery, once again reaching out to a broad spectrum of people, making his art affordable to all.

INFORMATION ON THE THEME OF THE STAMP ISSUE: A great many of his projects embody social and political concerns such as his literacy campaigns, his drawing workshops and lectures for children the world over, his drug awareness "Crack is Wack" murals "Rain Dance" a benefit party and exhibition for the UN Committee for UNICEF's African Emergency Relief and over 20,000 "Free South Africa" posters. It is not surprising therefore, to learn of his deep involvement and commitment to the fight against AIDS. Keith Haring has done virtually endless work for AIDS organizations, from donating his artwork for benefit exhibitions and auctions and creating designs for T-shirts, posters etc. Additional notable work has been for ACT UP to which he donated a design for a poster and T-shirt to raise funds creating artwork for the cover of Consumer Reports; cover art for the Public Agenda Foundation's "Sex on Campus: Sexually transmitted Disease - Surviving the Epidemic of the 1980s"; cover art for Scholastic News "AIDS: Working Together to Meet the Crisis", and artwork for the NYC Department of Health AIDS Hotline which can be seen on subways, buses and bus shelters all over New York City.

IN 1987 he participated in "Art Against AIDS", a benefit exhibition and in 1989 he painted a mural entitled, Together We Can Stop AIDS, in "Barrio de Chino", Barcelona, Spain. AIDS is a world-wide epidemic affecting virtually every country. It is a global health problem with social, economic, ethical, cultural and political implications. The United Nations and one of its specialized agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), have declared that an international problem of this magnitude calls for a global response to combat it. To marshal resources world-wide against this global threat, WHO and the countries of the world in 1987 enacted a global plan of attack against AIDS. Remarkable international co-operation has led to a sharing of technical and financial resources between industrialized and developing countries. Through the United Nations, a world-wide network of national governments, numerous community organizations and countless people, allied in a common struggle against AIDS, is under way in every country in the world, with some of the strongest programs ever seen in public health.

Despite all these efforts, however, the world's vulnerability to AIDS remains and is increasing. Information and education are the only weapons available now to fight AIDS.

Individuals can arm themselves with facts and knowledge to help prevent the spread of AIDS; and all persons can demonstrate wisdom and compassion when relating to others about AIDS. The United Nations Postal Administration and WFUNA both promote world-wide information and education activities in which we can all get involved. According to Keith Haring, his inspiring drawing with its bold black strokes and bright orange border depicts the growing burden that each one of us carries as the AIDS crisis continues to escalate throughout the world. Dated, United Nations, New York 16 March 1990.

Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and was raised in nearby Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He 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. Upon graduation from high school 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.

In addition to being impressed by the innovation and energy of his contemporaries, Haring was also inspired by the work of Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Alechinsky, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Robert Henris manifesto. Which asserted the fundamental independence of the artist. With these influences Haring was able to push his own youthful impulses toward a singular kind of graphic expression based on the primacy of the line.

Also drawn to the public and participatory nature of Christos work, in particular. And by Andy Warhols unique fusion of art and life, Haring was determined to devote his career to creating a truly public art.

As a student at SVA, Haring experimented with performance, video, installation and collage, while always maintaining a strong commitment to drawing. In 1980, Haring found a highly effective medium that allowed him to communicate with the wider audience he desired, when he noticed the unused advertising panels covered with matte black paper in a subway station. He began to create drawings in white chalk upon these blank paper panels throughout the subway system. Between 1980 and 1985, Haring produced hundreds of these public drawings in rapid rhythmic lines, sometimes creating as many as forty subway drawings in one day. This seamless flow of images became familiar to New York commuters, who often would stop to engage the artist when they encountered him at work.

The subway became, as Haring said, a laboratory for working out his ideas and experimenting with his simple lines. Between 1980 and 1989, Haring achieved international recognition and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His first solo exhibition in New York. Was held at the Westbeth Painters Space in 1981. In 1982, he made his Soho gallery debut with an immensely popular and highly acclaimed one-man exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery.

During this period, he also participated in renowned international survey exhibitions such as Documenta 7 in Kassel; the São Paulo Biennial; and the Whitney Biennial. Haring completed numerous public projects in the first half of the 80s as well, ranging from an animation for the. Billboard in Times Square, designing sets and backdrops for theaters and clubs, developing watch designs for Swatch and an advertising campaign for Absolut vodka; and creating murals worldwide. Haring considered the shop to be an extension of his work and painted the entire interior of the store in an abstract black on white mural, creating a striking and unique retail environment. The shop was intended to allow people greater access to his work, which was now readily available on products at a low cost.

The shop received criticism from many in the art world, however Haring remained committed to his desire to make his artwork available to as wide an audience as possible, and received strong support for his project from friends, fans and mentors including Andy Warhol. Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. He produced more than 50 public artworks between 1982 and 1989, in dozens of cities around the world, many of which were created for charities, hospitals, childrens day care centers and orphanages. Mural of 1986 has become a landmark along New Yorks FDR Drive.

Other projects include; a mural created for the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, on which Haring worked with 900 children; a mural on the exterior of Necker Childrens Hospital in Paris, France in 1987; and a mural painted on the western side of the Berlin Wall three years before its fall. Haring also held drawing workshops for children in schools and museums in New York, Amsterdam, London, Tokyo and Bordeaux, and produced imagery for many literacy programs and other public service campaigns. 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 childrens programs, and to expand the audience for Harings 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 thatned the 1980s, Harings 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 died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. A memorial service was held on May 4, 1990 at the Cathedral of St.

John the Divine in New York City, with over 1,000 people in attendance. Since his death, Haring has been the subject of several international retrospectives. The work of Keith Haring can be seen today in the exhibitions and collections of major museums around the world. The item "48 ORIGINAL FDC's BY KEITH HARING FIGH AIDS WORLDWIDE pop art very rare" is in sale since Friday, June 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints".

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