During his lifetime, Keith Haring was well known for his charity work and campaigning and promotion of good causes.
Music promoter Bill Graham revisited his old Bronx neighborhood in August, 1986 and, appalled to see that the drug culture had effectively wiped out the local culture, foresaw a menacing problem in the crack craze. He teamed with David Maldonado to stage a Crack Benefit in the city.
This poster was designed by Haring in 1986 to promote the Crack Down Benefit Concert which was held in Madison Square Gardens and headlined by Crosby Stills & Nash and also featured The Allman Brothers Band,Run DMC and Santana amongst others.
Year first published: 1986
Medium: Poster and concert programme
Technique: Offset lithograph on thick paper
Classification: Believed to be a limited edition of 2,000
Dimensions: Poster: 56cm(h) x 44cm(w), Programme:
Provenance: Acquired directly from publisher
Framing: Sold unframed