An original "Free South Africa" subway drawing by Keith Haring. In the early to mid-1980s Haring drew with chalk on the black paper in the subway system that the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority used to paste over expired advertisements and billboards. The blank, black panels would remain for a few days to several weeks before a new advertisement was pasted on top. Haring saw them as a blank canvas and began drawing on them, saying "it became a rewarding experience to draw and see the drawings being appreciated. The number of people passing these drawings in a week was phenomenal" and "the subway is still my favorite place to draw". During the mid-1980s Haring also produced "Free South Africa" material for his Pop Shop, plus anti-apartheid posters and lithographs.
One previous owner, removed from a corridor of the Grand Central Terminal subway station in New York City in November of 1985. Framed in hand-milled, whitewash maple. Item #880.
Condition: Good; some scuffs, tears and creasing to paper.