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Keith Haring: Flowers IV - Signed Print

Flowers IV
Signed Print

Keith Haring

POA

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

Critical Review

Acknowledging the legacy of figures like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning from the Abstract Expressionist movement, Haring produces a loosely rendered image and intentionally leaves drip lines and splatter marks across the print. In creating this expressionist image through the medium of screen printing, Haring not only subverts the ideals upheld by the Abstract Expressionists surrounding originality but creates an image that conveys a sense of urgency in its rapid execution and duplication.

Haring’s plant forms in the Flowers series are noticeably phallic as a means to point to the fleeting nature and precariousness of life for homosexual men during the 1980s HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 1990 when this series was completed, Haring knew that he was dying of AIDS and his use of rapid gestural marks makes clear the way in which he was working against time.

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