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Keith Haring: The Blueprint Drawings 9 - Signed Print

The Blueprint Drawings 9
Signed Print

Keith Haring

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Screenprint, 1990
Signed Print Edition of 33
H 107cm x W 132cm

Critical Review

There is a white figure and a dotted figure in the first two frames, with the dotted figure’s stomach is cut open and then penetrated by the other figure’s head. In the final frame the dotted figure grabs the stick he was cut open with and seven of Haring’s barking dog motifs appear to jump through the figure’s stomach, one by one.

Haring’s image of the figure with a hole in the stomach has come to symbolise the emptiness within us, notably in relation to the community of people so affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Haring uses dots in this print to convey the otherness of homosexuality and illness, specifically AIDS, however by showing the dotted figure in the final frame reclaiming the weapon he was opened up by, Haring shows the figures as powerful and offers the viewer a sense of hope.

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