This signed silkscreen from 1989 is a limited edition of 60 by Keith Haring. Untitled shows two dancing figures, their necks conjoined to form a central heart, and is rendered in the artist’s iconic figurative style. The figures are depicted in bright red and outlined with bold, black lines. Set against a white backdrop, rounded energy lines emanate from the two figures who dance either side of their shared, beating heart.
Haring depicts each body moving in opposition to one another but constrained by the shared heart formed by their necks in the centre, exaggerating the sense of movement and joy that the print encapsulates. Each limb of the figure’s body is bent at an almost right angle to create symmetry across the picture plane and at a glance the print’s subject is ambiguous. The kinetic energy of the print is emphasised by Haring’s use of lines that radiate from the figure, and the spotted ground beneath.
This joyful pictogram celebrates love and dancing, themes that Haring conveyed throughout his entire career. The two figures come together to form a central beating heart and Haring uses the motif of conjoined genderless figures as a symbol for the power of working together.