One of a kind piece of Pop Art history. This is one of the best, if not the best, most desirable and important letters ever written by Keith Haring - done on his letterhead in his own hand. Here, Haring offers heartfelt advice and simple but profound truths to his correspondent an aspiring young artist. The authenticity of this letter is unconditionally guaranteed. The letter is undated which turns out to be apt, since the message is timeless. It's also a reminder that in the 1980s, artists like Haring very much lived in the moment, and didn't see time the linear way we do. This letter is a well-documented, coveted collectors' item. There aren't that many letters out there from him - and certainly none this profound. Put simply: it's one of the best Haring letters we've ever seen anywhere. When this letter first appeared on the public market back in 2010 - it made quite a splash then. It is hand written and hand signed on Haring's personal letterhead, and reads as follows:
676 BROADWAY N.Y.C. 10012 212-477-1579
Thanks for your letter. I draw everyday. When I was 15, I wanted to be an artist so I drew all the time. It was my only visible talent.
Whatever you do, the only secrect is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don't do it for anyone else.
Note that Haring has misspelled the word "secret". He is famous for his drawing and art making, not his spelling; (not uncommon by the way for many art students who bypass academics and focus solely on studio art.) This letter was written to a teenager - an aspiring artist named Michael, who wrote letters to Haring, to which Haring replied, becoming a mentor to this young fan. That is part of the charm and great value of this letter. Art works or words of wisdom addressed to ordinary people having a special relationship with the artist can be far more valuable and important than correspondence or collaboration between one celebrity careerist and another. Not to belittle those relationships, but they're often not at all what you think or what the market wishes you to believe. This priceless letter, in which Haring offers heartfelt advice to his teenage protege, recalling how he himself was at that age - is one of those instances. This letter is written to a young protege, not a famous colleague or peer. And that's exactly what makes this letter so timeless and poignant: how Haring shares his motivations and passion for art with his correspondent - writing that he draws every day and knew he wanted to be an artist at age 15. The "secret" is to believe in it, do it for oneself ("satisfy yourself" as Haring writes) - and don't do it for anyone else. These sacred truths, though written so simply, capture the eternal essence of the artist. They are timeless - and priceless - words. This is a once-in-a-generation, if not once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a piece of Pop Art history - and an absolute must-have for true Haring fans, followers and collectors.
"...WHEN I WAS 15, I WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST...."
Advice to an Aspiring Young Artist..., ca. 1987
-Unique, original handwritten, hand signed letter done in ink on Keith Haring's original letterhead paper
-11 × 8 1/2 in
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