The trustees of the Keith Haring Foundation have decided to disband the authentication committee. Julia Gruen, the foundation’s executive director, made the announcement today. The foundation will no longer be accepting requests to review artworks attributed to the late artist, but will be honoring submissions for review that were received up to Sept. 1. The disbandment comes just months after the Warhol Foundation and Basquiat estate announced they would cease authenticating artworks because of the risks posed by legal action stemming from disputes over such judgments.
The art world is abuzz with Keith Haring these days. With the Brooklyn Museum exhibiting his early work, galleries and cultural institutions like MoMA and Pace Prints have also gotten on board and now Sotheby’s has announced its own selling exhibition, “Keith Haring: Shine On.” Opening March 30, it presents 32 works across a wide range of mediums, like canvases, tarps and sculpture, ranging in value from $25,000 to $1.5 million.
Keith Haring, who died in 1990, was a quintessential New York street artist and is one of the most recognizable figures in 20th century art, known for his dense colorful murals, his AIDS activism, and his Pop Shop. How many revelations about his career can yet another exhibition of his work possibly bring to light? Very many, according to Raphaela Platow, curator of a survey of his early work that opens at the Brooklyn Museum on March 16.