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The Valley Page 2

The Valley Page 2
Signed Print

Keith Haring

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

Critical Review

The Valley series marked a new direction in Haring’s visual language that continued until his untimely death in 1990 at the age of 31. Alongside his Apocalypse series (1988), this series introduces stylistic shifts of more complex compositions and characters such as jesters, masks, skills and martyrs. Completed two years after Haring’s own AIDS diagnosis, The Valley Page 2 is indicative of the artist’s preoccupation with hellish narratives and death.

The ominous texts by William S. Burroughs are copied by hand on sixteen sheets of tracing paper, which were photo-etched onto copper plates and printed in red ink. This print tells the story of a man who took all of his life to build this flying machine that would help save the people from the hellish Valley.

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