This signed screen print from 1990 is a limited edition of 33 from Keith Haring’s The Blueprint Drawings series. Made up of 16 individual frames, The Blueprint Drawings 14 is presented in the graphic of a comic strip or storyboard, and the story plays out down each column from top to bottom before moving to the next column. In this story the central characters are a male figure and a dog, two of Haring’s most iconic motifs used throughout his oeuvre.
Produced as unique works on paper with Sumi ink, Haring originally 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.
In the print there is a dotted landscape that the figure climbs into and then eventually drowns in, leaving the dog in the final frame seemingly infected by the dots. Haring uses dots in this print to convey the otherness of homosexuality and illness, specifically AIDS, and he depicts the process of transmission this unusual story.