Sunday, June 26, 2016


By ErnestGregory Disney-Britton
Keith Haring, "The Last Rainforest" (1989)
Before his death at 31 years old, Keith Haring created The Last Rainforest. On June 28, Sotheby's London auctioned the rare work on canvas for $5,555,295.  The Last Rainforest was painted during the last few months of Haring's life, before he died of AIDS in February 1990. "I just fell in love with the painting. I thought it was prophetic," explained artist/collector David LaChapelle. "At first glance, the picture has this very hellish feel: it's very Hieronymous Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights. You have these various layers, which give it depth." The Last Rainforest is one of the three final paintings produced by Haring, and death is written large across this canvas.

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