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The Story Of Red And Blue 9

The Story Of Red And Blue 9
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Lithograph, 1989
Signed Print Edition of 90
H 56cm x W 42cm

Critical Review

Representative of Haring’s desire to create a visual language that appealed to both children and adults alike, the series is formed of a variety of simplified images reminiscent of children’s fictional characters. Throughout the series Haring limits his colour palette to bright red and blue and renders each image in his distinctive linear style with black rounded lines.

The Story Of Red And Blue 9 shows an image of an abstracted face depicted in thick, black lines and with a strip of bright red paint running through it. Through Haring’s use of symmetry and focus on pattern, The Story Of Red And Blue 9 represents the artist’s debt to non-western art traditions, echoing the bold lines of Pre-Columbian art – especially those of Nazca lines – and aboriginal art.

Across the first half of the series, each print alternates in colour between red and blue and by the end of the series the two colours appear together in the prints. In each print Haring uses simplified and generic pictograms to produce the effect of a children’s story book without a sensical storyline, where instead the story seems to focus abstractly on the colours red and blue.

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