Keith Haring At Robert Fraser Gallery

Keith Haring At Robert Fraser Gallery
Unsigned Print

Keith Haring

Lithograph, 1983
Unsigned Print Edition of 70
H 67cm x W 102cm

Critical Review

Pre-dating and foreshadowing Haring’s Apocalypse series (1988), this print is an example of how the artist’s subject matter would begin to change mid-way through his career. This scene is shown in a state of hellish war, emphasised by collisions between humanoids and the androgynous figures, as well as the squiggly energy lines.

Keith Haring At Robert Fraser Gallery is directly referencing death and danger, alluding to the socio-economic context that Haring was working within. As an adolescent, Haring witnessed the traumatising events of the Vietnam War on television and undoubtedly this had a lasting effect on his artwork. The dismaying realities of the AIDS epidemic that were just beginning to hit New York are depicted in this post-apocalyptic scene as acts of total violence and devastation, likened to the wars that Haring witnessed on TV in his youth. Just as his good friend Jean-Michel Basquiat had done before him, Haring used his unique graffiti style to erode boundaries between the public and the world of high art.