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The Valley Page 11

The Valley Page 11
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Etching, 1989
Signed Print Edition of 80
H 36cm x W 30cm

Critical Review

The Valley series is one of many by Haring that when considered in full, tells an unusual story as the sequence of images, combined with text, unfold. Comparable to his Apocalypse series (1988) completed one year earlier, Haring’s images are chaotic and are born from a collaboration with the Beat Era poet and novelist William S. Burroughs, whose text-based ‘cut-up’ method formed the basis of Haring’s pictographic style.

Haring’s later works such as The Valley Page 11 have been compared within art historical narratives to the chaotic storytelling of Hieronymus Bosch and the fierce liveliness of his friend and contemporary Jean-Michael Basquiat. This particular series is representative of a stylistic shift exemplified in his Cranbrook Mural (1987) that introduced intentional blotches, drips and themes around death and the end of times.

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