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Keith Haring: Fertility 1 - Signed Print

Fertility 1
Signed Print

Keith Haring


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Screenprint, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 107cm x W 126cm

Critical Review

Haring was fascinated with babies and pregnant women and used these motifs throughout his work to represent “the purest and most positive experience of human existence” and as a symbol of hope for the future. Through the use of jarring neon colours and agitated moving figures, Haring injects tension and anxiety to this otherwise positive subject matter. Furthermore, Haring uses dotted lines and circles in this series to allude to the lesions of people with HIV/AIDS and the threat this poses to pregnant women.

Haring’s Fertility Suite series is exemplary of the way in which he used a positive visual language to speak out against hard hitting subjects such as racism, homophobia, the apartheid in South Africa and HIV/AIDS. Fertility 1 alludes to the high prevalence of HIV infection among pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1980s, notably the transmission of the virus from mother to child.

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