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Signed Print Edition of 90
H 56cm x W 70cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|September 2022||Bonhams Los Angeles - United States||Chocolate Buddha 3 - Signed Print|
|October 2015||Larsen Gallery - United States||Chocolate Buddha 3 - Signed Print|
|January 2015||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Chocolate Buddha 3 - Signed Print|
|June 1995||Christie's Amsterdam - Netherlands||Chocolate Buddha 3 - Signed Print|
This signed lithograph from 1989 is a limited edition of 90 from Keith Haring’s Chocolate Buddha series. Chocolate Buddha 3 shows an object resembling the artist’s ‘devil sperm’ motif and some intertwining stems that cut through the composition vertically. The central subject is rendered in thick, brown outlines to form a simplified shape and is set against a pink backdrop of loosely drawn hieroglyphs.
Completed the year before Haring’s death, this series amalgamates the artist’s clear-line figurative style with more complex patterns to form highly abstracted images. Recalling styles of the ancient world such as Eastern Mandalas and Australian Aboriginal art, the Chocolate Buddha series also shows influence from the European Modernists such as Miro, Klee and Matisse. This is notable from the way in which the prints focus on flat, richly coloured shapes and patterns that play out across the image surface.
Chocolate Buddha 3 includes the ‘devil sperm’ motif, injecting the print with a focus on the threat of male homosexuality. This motif is seen in many other later works like the Apocalypse series (1988), where Haring directly correlates sexuality with death in his depiction of enormous horned sperm, a demoniacal personification of death in relation to the AIDS virus. In the later stage of his artistic career, themes around sex and HIV/AIDS dominated his work, just as it dominated Haring’s personal life after his own AIDS diagnosis in 1988.