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Keith Haring: Flowers I - Signed Print

Flowers I
Signed Print

Keith Haring


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Screenprint, 1990
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 100cm x W 130cm

Critical Review

As a nod to Haring’s own AIDS diagnosis in 1988 and the widely felt suffering by many from the virus, the print has a visceral, painterly quality that evokes a sense of bodily suffering and emotionally charged expression. At first glance this print seems to have a childlike light-hearted character due to the vibrant pastel colour palette and playful subject matter. However, upon closer inspection the figure and flowers in the image are distinctly phallic, thus Haring cleverly alludes to the correlation between sex, AIDS and the fragility of life.

The figure in Flowers I is seen to be cutting the phallic flowers from the ground, conjuring ideas surrounding the ending of life and castration. In this print Haring makes clear the stigma felt by many people living with HIV/AIDS around their sexuality and its relation to life and death.

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