Keith Haring Foundation to Disband Authentication Committee

untitled 1989 Keith Haring Foundation to Disband Authentication Committee

Keith Haring, ‘Untitled,’ 1989. (Courtesy Keith Haring Foundation)

The trustees of the Keith Haring Foundation have decided to disband the authentication committee. Julia Gruen, the foundation’s executive director, made the announcement today. The foundation will no longer be accepting requests to review artworks attributed to the late artist, but will be honoring submissions for review that were received up to Sept. 1. The disbandment comes just months after the Warhol Foundation and Basquiat estate announced they would cease authenticating artworks because of the risks posed by legal action stemming from disputes over such judgments.

From the announcement:

After careful consideration, the trustees came to the conclusion that the public and the Foundation’s charitable mission would be better served if the resources presently required for the operation of the authentication committee were redirected to purposes more directly related to the charitable goals designated by the Foundation’s founder, the artist Keith Haring.  The Foundation is exploring the development of a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.

The foundation will continue its mission of maintaining and protecting Haring’s legacy and making grants to nonprofit groups provide educational support to underprivileged kids and organizations that provide prevention and care and spread awareness about AIDS.