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Signed Print Edition of 90
H 66cm x W 48cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
This signed lithograph from 1985 is a limited edition of 90 from Keith Haring’s Ludo series. Ludo 4 shows an abstract monstrous figure rendered in bold, black lines and a frenzy of red dots and squiggly designs. The figure is shown with two eyes, phallic arms, a snout and teeth, with liquid exploding upwards from its mouth.
Reminiscent of Haring’s Apocalypse series from 1988, this series provides the viewer with a hellish visual narrative showing eyes, limbs and other body parts in abstracted forms. Depicted in bold lines, gestural marks and bright red colour, Ludo 4 is a dynamic image that evokes a sense of chaos and violence. Indeed, the Ludo series marks a moment of transition for Haring. As the AIDS epidemic overtook his community in the mid-1980s, Haring’s artwork reflected his increasing involvement in advocacy for the disease.
Ludo 4 is indicative of the way in which Haring conveys complex ideas whilst maintaining a simplicity in line and form that appeals to a wide audience. In his use of simplified form and recognisable symbols throughout his work, Haring produces a true public art that communicates clear-cut narrative views on socio-political injustices of the time. Just as his good friend Jean-Michel Basquiat had done before him, Haring used his unique graffiti style to erode boundaries between the public and the world of high art.