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Critical Review

An earlier series of black, white and red prints by Haring, in his inimitable linear style, the Bayer Suite was commissioned by Bayer AG in 1982.

An earlier series of black, white and red prints by Haring, in his inimitable linear style, the Bayer Suite was commissioned by Bayer AG in 1982. The set of six prints were commissioned by Bayer AG on the occasion of the release of the heart medication ‘Sali-Adalat’ and consists of a variety of motifs on the theme of movement and the heart.

Across the series, Haring limits his colour palette to black, red and white, producing a highly simplified and stylised set of works. The simplistic form and positive visual language of the Bayer Suite recalls the artist’s early subway drawings – executed in white chalk on the black paper panels put up before a new advertisement was pasted in place in the New York subway system – which earned him both notoriety and acclaim.

In this series Haring depicts a variety of genderless figures dancing, running and celebrating. Graphic, red lines radiate from the characters in each print, to create a pulsating effect that fills the series with a sense of joy, movement and dynamism. The Bayer Suite series bursts with energy and vigour, a key characteristic of Haring’s highly recognisable style that makes his work so appealing and unique.