Haring works very quickly and without preliminary drawing, constantly reusing the pictograms of his own surreal world. His art pleases the public because it is populated by strange beings that interconnect. Stylized humanoids who dance in groups with raised arms for revering their false gods are promoting joy, hope and naivety.
The artist also integrates his own time. A new technology has landed : the personal computer. It is the head of a huge caterpillar in a vinyl on tarpaulin 307 x 302 cm painted in 1983. The monster is dangerous but can be tamed : the character who rides it has kept his head, which is not the case of the three dancers. This artwork was sold for £ 860K including premium by Sotheby's on October 12, 2012.
On October 4 in London, Christie's sells an acrylic on an assembly of four canvases dated April 18, 1984 of total size 305 x 305 cm, lot 3 estimated £ 3M. The line painting is performed on a psychedelic bright yellow background.
The main figure is an empty triangle bordered at the bottom by a row of enthusiast believers. By the subterfuge of the two-dimensional representation, this figure offers three interpretations. It is the Pyramid that symbolizes ancient mysticisms. It is an esplanade blocking the access to various monsters that move with frenzy and earthiness up to its edges. It is anthropomorphic by its extension in two raised arms which hold a flying saucer and a brain. The head of the Pyramid is the new god, the personal computer.
Please watch the video prepared by Christie's to introduce three lots of the next sale discussed by their consignor, the former gallery owner Paul Maenz.
SOLD for £ 3.95M including premium