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Keith Haring's Pop Shop series pays homage to his Manhattan shop, opened in 1986, where he sold his art with the ethos that it should be available to all. The prints are full of the bold colours, graphic linework and iconography for which Haring is renowned.

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Meaning & Analysis

Filled with bright block colours and the artist’s signature graphic style, Haring’s Pop Shop brings together some of his most famous iconography. In 1986, Haring opened the Pop Shop in downtown Manhattan, seeing the boutique primarily as an extension of his work where his art could be accessible to everyone. The Pop Shop series represents some of the works created over those years when the Shop was thriving between 1987 and 1990.

Typical of Haring’s street art style, developed in the early 1980s in the blank advertisement spaces in New York’s subway, these prints are created using thick, black outlines and highly simplified form. These early experiments resulted in a style and iconography for which Haring would become world famous, his barking dog, radiant child and winged angel and devil-like figures instantly recognisable for their originality and playfulness. He would reproduce these figures over and over again, in bright colours reminiscent of advertising, and later, just before his death from AIDS in 1990, in plain white embossings.

10 Facts About Keith Haring's Pop Shop

Pop Shop II Plate III by Keith Haring

Pop Shop II Plate III © Keith Haring, 1988

1. The Pop Shop drawings were originally artworks sold at Haring’s famous Pop Shop.

In 1986, Haring opened the Pop Shop in downtown Manhattan, seeing the boutique primarily as an extension of his work where his art could be accessible to everyone. The Pop Shop series represents some of the works created over those years when the Shop was thriving between 1987 and 1990.

Pop Shop Quad III by Keith Haring

Pop Shop Quad III © Keith Haring, 1989

2. The Pop Shop opened in 1986, a year before this series was produced.

The flagship location for Haring’s Pop Shop opened in 1986 in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood on 292 Lafayette Street.

Pop Shop Quad I by Keith Haring

Pop Shop Quad I © Keith Haring, 1987

3. The Pop Shop was inspired by Andy Warhol.

Haring’s Pop Shop was directly inspired by Warhol’s Factory, and stemmed from his aspiration to make art accessible for a broad public audience beyond the realms of the gallery and dealerships.

Pop Shop Quad V by Keith Haring

Pop Shop Quad V © Keith Haring, 1989