"Haring Miami" Exhibit Decimated by Keith Haring Foundation Court Order

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At the opening of "Haring Miami" last week, fans of the '80s pop artist were wowed by the sheer size of the collection -- nearly 200 works -- as well as the healthy crowd that turned out to see them. Both filled four floors of the Moore Building on Wednesday night.

But by Saturday, only ten works of art remained, and the crowds had dwindled with them. A court order from the Keith Haring Foundation forced the organizers of "Haring Miami" to remove the bulk of its paintings, sculptures, and other pieces, saying they had not been properly authenticated.

Representatives of the exhibit who had to explain the situation to attendees yesterday continued to insist that all the works originally included in the exhibit were real Haring pieces, and that the Haring Foundation was at fault for neglecting to authenticate them.

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Inside the gallery, the remaining ten pieces had been collected on the ground floor. About 20 people perused the sparse collection when we stopped by Sunday afternoon. Remining works included a series of four Warhol-themed paintings; a tapestry used in a 2004 theatrical performance called Secret Pastures; a series of black and white panels inspired by the book The Third Mind, according to an accompanying quote from Rolling Stone; and just one sculpture, showing three figures balanced on one another in red, yellow, and green.

The mood inside was undeniably somber. Organizers had stopped charging the original admission fee of $30 and asked instead for donations to Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization that uses a Haring work as its logo. In one corner, an (allegedly) Haring-painted armchair, side tables, and vase had been replaced by a Veuve-Clicquot-branded cart offering free wine.

But even with free booze, disappointment hung in the air. Some patrons called friends and told them not to attend, while others sat bored on blocks in the center of the nearly empty gallery, texting. "It's a real shame," one girl told another as they finished their wine.

This might be the first time Haring's bright, colorful works have been such a downer. Still, one Haring fan managed to sneak in an extra piece of art.

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alinamercy3
alinamercy3

What about the people that purchased tix in advance for Saturday and showed up to find

10 items instead of the 174 advertised, do we get our money back??

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i wish a copy of the text of that court order was an attachment here

does this mean those that DID attend previously and PAID the full $30 should be REfunded ?

what does it mean if a work or piece is UNauthenticated ?  how would that help or hurt the artist ?  were COUNTERfeits expected in the presentation ?

maybe ALL this is just a ploy for free publicity and coverage

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