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Poster For Nuclear Disarmament

Poster For Nuclear Disarmament
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Lithograph, 1982
Signed Print
H 61cm x W 46cm

Critical Review

The bold lines seen in Poster For Nuclear Disarmament are typical of Haring’s work. The ‘energy lines’ emitted by the figures are seen in Haring’s other works, such as the Growing series, and have become a trademark feature of his distinct visual language. Another feature of Haring’s visual language is the use of ‘icons’. The crawling babies, winged people, and conjoined androgynous figures that feature in this print are depicted in various other prints by Haring and are a staple of his artistic creations. Haring’s Icons series features some of his most recognisable motifs, which can also be found in the Pop Shop series.

Haring’s art bridges the gap between the art world and street art, emblematic in Haring’s distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic. Haring rose to fame in the early 1980s by experimenting on unused advertising spaces in subway stations. In these subway drawings and murals, Haring explored serious, political themes such as exploitation and subjugation. This print captures how Haring merges politics and art, as it reflects his fear of nuclear holocaust, which became much more pronounced after the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980s.