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Free South Africa 1

Free South Africa 1
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Lithograph, 1985
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 81cm x W 100cm

Critical Review

Both figures in the print appear to be in a struggle, with the rope around the larger figure’s neck morphing into a serpent head that eats the small, white figure. The presence of radiating lines and dashes work to bring movement to the image, conveying the rage of the black figure and worry of the white figure who is about to be eaten.

Printing and distributing around 20,000 poster versions of this print in New York City in 1986, Haring worked tirelessly to mobilise support against apartheid. Though there are countless examples of Haring’s screen prints on the market, his lithographs are rarer. Haring produced many large editions throughout his career, but each is characterised by the careful precision and vibrancy of the one that comes before it, demonstrating his mastery of the process.