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The King

The King
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Lithograph, 1989
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 56cm x W 76cm

Critical Review

Completed the year of Haring’s tragic AIDS diagnosis in 1988, this print is expressive of the artist’s feelings towards his illness due to his use of splatter marks and visceral brushstrokes. Notably Haring seems to convey a sense of time running out and its relation to death in his depiction of hourglass sand timers and skeletons.

The central figure in Haring’s The King print is a large, robotic head wearing a large crown and tentacles growing as hair. Beneath the linear drawing of the figure’s face is a newspaper clipping of an unidentifiable group of people. Inspired by figures like Andy Warhol from the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, Haring inserts images like this from mass media to bridge the gap between high art and mass consumerism so as to dissolve boundaries between fine art, political activism and popular culture.