The Valley Page 15

The Valley Page 15
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Etching, 1989
Signed Print Edition of 80
H 25cm x W 23cm

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. Reminiscent of his Apocalypse series (1988) completed one year earlier, Haring’s images are chaotic, with Burroughs’s text-based ‘cut-up’ writing method forming the basis of Haring’s pictographic style.

Haring’s later works such as The Valley Page 15 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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