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Keith Haring: Anti-Missile Demo Poster - Signed Print

Anti-Missile Demo Poster
Signed Print

Keith Haring

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Screenprint, 1983
Signed Print

Critical Review

As a politically committed artist, Haring produced posters for activist purposes and distributed them during public demonstrations free of charge. Alongside such works as Poster For Nuclear Disarmament, Anti-Missile Demo Poster represents Haring’s vehement and frequently declared opposition to America’s militarization.

Employing only black thick contours against the white background, the poster depicts a figure with a double pair of hands raised upwards. As one pair of hands covers part of the figure’s face, the gesture connotes the collective tendency to turn a blind eye to violence. Disproportionate in size to the rest of the body, another pair of hands upholds a missile that is seen floating freely in the air.

With USA written on its chest, the simplistically rendered human subject problematizes the politics of responsibility in relation to the society that witnessed a shift toward an increasing militarization in the 1980s.

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