Apocalypse 6

Apocalypse 6
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Screenprint, 1988
Signed Print Edition of 90
H 96cm x W 96cm

Critical Review

The appropriated image of the Mona Lisa forms the focal point of the print and produces a jarring effect between the self-assured visual perfection of high art and rawness of Haring’s gestural marks. Defaced by Haring’s line drawings, the Mona Lisa has rays emanating from her head and appears to be placed against a cross. Highlighted by drip lines that appear like string, the large human-like figure appears to be controlling the Mona Lisa like a puppet with its large arms.

Haring’s visceral and uninhibited graffiti style, accentuated by the drip and splatter marks, makes clear his own bodily suffering due to AIDS and the aguish felt in relation to the chaos of contemporary events. Furthermore, by using the image of a puppet master in Apocalypse 6, Haring alludes to totalitarian-style manipulation and the oppressiveness of government indifference to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1980s America.