Printed in 1983, Poster For Fun Gallery is an offset lithograph in colour by Keith Haring. The print depicts an array of shapes composed of thick, bold lines. The striking lines are rendered in red and black against a white backdrop. These lines, which seem to be inspired by Aztec line drawings, bring dynamism to the print and a sense of constant movement. Amongst the zig zags, swirls and curved lines, two conjoined figures can be seen at the bottom of the composition. They are accompanied by a walking figure at the top of the print. These dynamic figures are captured in movement, bringing a vibrant energy to the print. At the bottom of the composition, the figure ‘83’ is written in bubble writing, signalling the date in which the print was made.
The bold lines that compose Poster For Fun Gallery are typical of Haring’s work. The figures are surrounded by ‘energy lines’ that radiate from the moving people. This technique which evokes community and solidarity is used in Haring’s other prints such as the Growing series and the Pop Shop series. The androgynous figures which are captured through singular and decisive brushstrokes are emblematic of Haring’s visual language which developed while living in New York, influenced by the street art and graffiti scene there. Throughout Haring’s artistic career, he created several iconic symbols, such as the androgynous figure, exemplified in this print, as well as the barking dog, the angel and the radiant baby.
Poster For Fun Gallery refers to the Fun Gallery, founded by Patti Astor and Bill Stelling in 1982 in New York. The gallery emerged from the punk scene of the late 1970s in New York’s East Village and had a significant cultural impact until its closure in 1985. The gallery showcased street art and introduced the New York art world to this vibrant scene. Keith Haring had various solo exhibitions at the Fun Gallery, one of which is advertised in this print.