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Blueprint Drawings

Keith Haring's 1990 Blueprint Drawings, his last cohesive project, revisit original drawings from the 1980s and incorporate his most recognizable motifs. The theme of homosexuality, otherness, and death was controversial initially—causing none of the drawings to be sold on debut—but was undeniable by the time the prints were published.

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Meaning & Analysis

The monochrome, almost comic-strip style Blueprint Drawings are considered the last cohesive project of Haring’s career, screen printed in 1990. Originally produced as unique works on paper with Sumi ink, Haring displayed these works in a one-week exhibition in Manhattan in 1980 where not a single drawing was sold. However, he did find success in the sale of several blueprint copies of the original drawings and so revisited the subject in 1990, a month before his tragic death creating a portfolio of 17 screen prints of the original images.

Incorporating some of his most recognisable figurative motifs, this series of prints is rendered exclusively in black and white in Haring’s trademark linear style. Throughout The Blueprint Drawings series there are images of radiating bodies, dotted landscapes and figures, UFO’s, barking dogs and penetration that come together to form an ambiguous narrative on homosexuality, otherness, and death. The striking simplicity of the series works to confront these complex themes head-on and it is clear that Haring is unafraid to use explicit sexual imagery throughout. Additionally, like much of his other work, the prints in this series were left untitled, thus leaving the viewer with an open-ended visual language to be honestly interpreted without bias.

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