This signed screen print from 1990 is a limited edition of 33 from Keith Haring’s The Blueprint Drawings series. The Blueprint Drawings 10 shows an unusual composition of frames that border the print, leaving a blank square in the centre. The frames show a number of figures, cars, a telephone and the barking dog motif, depicted in Haring’s trademark linear style with bold, black lines against a white backdrop.
Alongside a number of Haring’s most recognisable symbols rendered in his simplistic visual language, the print includes the artist’s radiant baby motif at either side of the print. The symbol first emerged in Haring’s work during his days as a subway artist in New York, where he used the radiant baby in place of his signature, known as his ‘tag’, on public art projects.
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.