An original subway drawing fragment 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".
Haring often included serpents or snakes in his drawings and artworks, sometimes chasing the figures in the works, and perhaps referencing the menacing elements of culture and society. In this fragment you can see the "hand" of one of Haring's figures near the tongue of the serpent. Item #982.
Condition: Very Good; some light creases and tears to paper at edges; some rubbing/smudging to chalk.