Keith Haring / FDR 1984 / Installation
99 Cents Fine Art
Photo by Joseph Szkodzinski © Joseph Szkodzinski 2018, Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation
Opening reception: April 11, 4 - 8 pm
99 Cents Fine Art will exhibit the installation of a significant section from the Keith Haring mural, Untitled (FDR NY), 1984, at their temporary location. In keeping with Haring's desire to make art available to everyone, rather than in a gallery, they are presenting two of these steel panels that once lined the FDR Drive in a storefront in Chinatown, a neighborhood Haring frequented from his nearby studio on Broadway. Created in situ on a preexisting fence, the work is part of a monumental frieze that ran along nearly 300 feet of the New York City highway and was visible for most of a year. Haring, who worked frequently in public, placing his work in the world, once said, "If I only made paintings in a gallery, I would probably be frustrated." The left-hand panel, partially graffitied after the mural's completion, further evidences the world in the work. The panels are animated by Haring's exuberant iconography–dancing and breakdancing figures, a figure with a TV set head, and a large barking dog. In 1989, when Haring saw numerous panels that had been rescued, he wrote in his journal that after all the mural had been through, its well-weathered condition "somehow ... makes it look even better."