Untitled 1982

Untitled 1982
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Lithograph, 1982
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 58cm x W 85cm

Critical Review

Reminiscent of Haring’s Blueprint Drawings series (1990) this print makes explicit references to sex, religion, death and AIDS as a means to confront the viewer with difficult issues of the time. Notably, Untitled features Haring’s iconic motif of the barking dog used to represent abuses of power by government and oppressive regimes that demand obedience.

This series uses the visual language of the artist’s early subway drawings, the colour inverted with black lines against a white backdrop. Speaking of the difference between his subway drawings and his studio prints Haring has said: “I do use a little moral discretion between what I put on the street and what I put on the subway. The things in the studio obviously have more sex. But I think it’s inevitable that the subway drawings have it too because it’s part of my life and part of the rest of the body of work.”