Printed in 1984, Into ‘84 Exhibition Poster is a colour offset lithograph by Keith Haring. The print depicts a human figure, standing with their back to the print. The figure is looking to the left of the composition, at their raised hand. The print is rendered in black, white and red, exemplifying Haring’s characteristic use of thick and bold lines. As opposed to being rendered in black and white, like the rest of the print, white is replaced by red inside the human figure which dominates the composition and draws the viewer’s attention towards this central figure. The background of the print is bursting with other lines such as zig zags, swirls and curved lines. These lines, which seem to be inspired by Aztec line drawings, bring an exciting sense of dynamism and movement to the print.
The strong lines in Into ‘84 Exhibition Poster are seen throughout Haring’s work and have become a stylistic trademark of Haring’s bold graphic style and playful sense of humour. The intricate patterns are reflective of Haring’s talented draughtsmanship and the influence of Walt Disney and Dr Seuss cartoons which he watched as a child, growing up in Pennsylvania. Haring moved to New York in 1978 and in 1982 got a job at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery where the exhibition this print refers to was shown.
Into ‘84 Exhibition Poster is exemplary of the lithographs Haring made earlier in his career. Haring began experimenting with screen prints later in the 1980s, clearly influenced by Andy Warhol who popularised the medium.