Pop Shop I

The complete set of four screen-prints in colors
Year: 1987
Medium: Screen-print in colors on wove paper
Size: 12×15 inches (30.5 x 38.1 cm)
Edition: 200
Artist’s Proofs: 30
Publisher: Martin Lawrence Limited Editions, New-York
Literature: Littmann pp 82-83

Each signed dated and numbered in pencil

 

The first of Haring’s iconic Pop Shop series, Pop Shop I encapsulates Haring’s ingenuity of form and subject. Complete with his dancing figures, energy lines and an underlying sense of community and pride, it represents a culmination of Haring’s practice as an artist who believed in the importance of art being for everyone. The portfolio was released a year after Haring opened his first Pop Shop in downtown Manhattan. Aimed at kids and collectors alike, the Pop Shops were a place where Haring could sell his art for as little as 50 cents. The store stocked t-shirts, badges and magnets featuring his now ubiquitous designs.

TSENG KWONG CHI (1950-1990)
Keith Haring at the Pop Shop, c. 1985
Chromogenic print, printed later

While the project was praised by friends such as Andy Warhol who was fascinated by the possibilities of the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction, it was snubbed by many leading art world figures who placed more value on original works of art.

“I could earn more money if I just painted a few things and jacked up the price. My shop is an extension of what I was doing in the subway stations, breaking down the barriers between high and low art”.

Having grown up with comics and cartoons, his was an iconography of reproduction. His love for commercial and Pop art was evident in his first experiments with street art which saw him creating signature figures he named ‘icons’, such as the barking dog, the radiant child and the winged superman. He would reproduce these figures over and over again, in bright colors reminiscent of advertising and later, just before his death from AIDS in 1990, in plain white embossings.

TSENG KWONG CHI (1950-1990)
Keith Haring at the Pop Shop, c. 1985
Chromogenic print, printed later

Printed in five layers of color (black, red, blue, magenta and yellow), this portfolio shows Haring’s mastery of screen printing as a medium. Though he had experimented with print techniques such as lithography in the late 70s and 80s it wasn’t until 1983 that Haring began making screen prints, or serigraphs, which offered a way of creating multiple images, that artists had adopted from the world of commercial printing. This move to screen printing was undoubtedly due in part to the method being popularized by Warhol, one of Haring’s most important influences, and soon he was producing ever more inventive and daring work.

TSENG KWONG CHI (1950-1990)
Keith Haring at the Pop Shop, c. 1985
Chromogenic print, printed later

 

The 4 Plates of Pop Shop I


 

Pop Shop I Plate I

Pop Shop I Plate II

 

Pop Shop I Plate III

Pop Shop I Plate IV

 

Recent Auction Results


Sotheby’s New-York: 22 October 2022
Estimated: USD 70,000 – 100,000
USD 100,800

KEITH HARING (1958 – 1990)
Pop Shop I, 1987
The complete set of four screen-prints in colors on wove paper
Each signed in pencil, dated and numbered 111/200

 

Pop Shop I: one print, 1987
Signed and dated in pencil, numbered 179⁄200
Christie’s: 8 March 2022
USD 40,320

Pop Shop I: one print, 1987
Screen-print in colors on wove paper
Signed and dated in pencil, numbered ‘AP 29/30’
(an artist’s proof, the edition was 200)
Christie’s New-York: 15 April 2021
USD 23,750