Untitled 1983

Untitled 1983
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Woodcut, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 61cm x W 76cm

Critical Review

Haring’s print strikes a balance between pattern and figuration in such a way that recalls the art of Australian Aborigines, something that the artist claimed to be unaware of. The use of flat, block colours further emphasises the abstract surface pattern of the image, with the thick, bright red lines set in contrast to the black linear pattern. Untitled 1983 has a compulsive quality that fills out across the canvas that contrasts to Haring’s typical use of simplified form and block colour.

Untitled bursts with a sense of energy and dynamism that is characteristic of Haring’s work throughout his entire career. Haring was concerned with the idea of the democratisation of art and used his positive visual language as a form of activism. Seeking to dissolve the boundaries between fine art, political activism and popular culture, Haring’s works like Untitled 1983 bridge the gap between high art and mass consumerism.