On October, 9th 1982, Keith Haring had his first solo show at Tony Shafrazi Gallery. The show was a huge success and a key moment in his career. The cover of the catalogue was with a 3 eyed face, to become one of his most iconic images.
He explained that he did a mural in 1981 with a 2 eyed face. He realized too late that the eyes were too far off center. So he “added a third eye and all of a sudden it was profound that there was a third eye. By repeating it later, people just assumed it was an intentional thing”.
Basquiat’s comment is based on his quote “My first instinct would be to do a head” that he illustrates with emojis about Keith and him.
His friend Kenny Scharf refers to the success of the opening, the previous day.
Haring By Alexandra Kolossa, 2004
Keith Haring, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, 2008
Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art, Phoebe Hoban, 2008
What Makes 1982 Basquiat’s Most Valuable Year, Artsy, Apr 1, 2018
Keith 3 eyed face, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11" (36 x 28 cm)