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Self Portrait

Self Portrait
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Screenprint, 1985
Signed Print Edition of 25
H 12cm x W 12cm

Critical Review

This portrait is set against a plain black backdrop, framed with a bright red, crayon-like line as the only use of colour in the image. Self Portrait is rare in its depiction of the artist himself, rendered with facial details that make him instantly recognisable. In contrast to his famous energetic prints of androgynous, dancing figures, this print shows a specific portrait that doesn’t aim to speak to a universalised public feeling.

Haring’s portrayal of his head attached to the body of an indiscernible animal produces a comically jarring effect that catches the attention of the viewer. This print is indicative of Haring’s rapid rise to fame and proliferation of his self-image. Self Portrait could have been used as a form of self-promotion by the artist, or more likely an ironic play on this idea of the artist’s self-portrait.