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Untitled 1983

Untitled 1983
Signed Print

Keith Haring

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

Critical Review

This print anticipates Haring’s later works that combine the figurative with the abstract like his Growing series (1988) and Chocolate Buddha series (1989). Showing the two central figures touching one another’s arms, a burst of energy forms the central point of the composition. From this central point, the composition fills out with geometric and squiggly red lines that are shown both inside and outside the two figures. Untitled 1983 therefore has a distinctly flat surface in its all-over composition.

Haring was concerned with the idea of the democratisation of art and used his positive visual language as a form of activism to raise awareness around important socio-political issues of the time. Haring uses thick bold lines and flat saturated colours to produce an image that bursts with energy and vigour. The dancing figures clearly convey a sense of joy and community in a way that reflected the artist’s love of hip hop emerging in New York City in the 1980s.