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Barking Dogs

Barking Dogs
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Screenprint, 1982
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 57cm x W 84cm

Critical Review

The motifs that appear in Barking Dogs are among Haring’s most famous symbols, originating from his subway drawings from the early 1980s. The dog motif, one of the first symbols reproduced by Haring in the streets of New York, is especially prominent in this print and represents the difference between human power and animal instinct. Moreover, the dots that cover the barking dogs are used to symbolise the perceived otherness of homosexuality. Combined with the artist’s use of energy lines that emanate from the barking dogs, a sense of anxiety is created around this print’s subject.

The television screen is another key motif used by Haring throughout his career. Living through a time of technological acceleration, Haring saw the “machine aesthetic” as a threat to humanity and used the television as a powerful symbol for totalitarian-style manipulation. Haring uses the image of the television screen in this work to symbolise the uncontrollable nature of mass culture.