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Flowers II

Flowers II
Signed Print

Keith Haring

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

Critical Review

The Flowers series is an example of Haring’s expression of his own AIDS diagnosis and bodily suffering. Acknowledging the legacy of the Abstract Expressionists, Haring creates gestural strokes and ‘accidental’ drip lines to produce an emotionally charged image that relates to his feelings around his diagnosis. The flower figures that Haring carefully chooses as his subject matter throughout the print series, are deliberately ambiguous in their phallic nature and in their abstractness, this series if markedly different from his explicitly activist works such as Fight AIDS Worldwide (1990).

In this print the flower-like shapes are used as symbols of nature’s ephemerality and the fleeting impermanence of human life. In rendering the subjects to look phallic, Haring makes clear the stigma experienced by homosexual men during the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the way in which their sexuality was weaponised in relation to death and the fragility of life.