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The Valley Page 6

The Valley Page 6
Signed Print

Keith Haring

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

Critical Review

The Valley series was 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. Marking a new direction in Haring’s visual language, this more complex style continued until his untimely death in 1990 at the age of 31.

Much like Haring’s Apocalypse series (1988), this series introduces stylistic and thematic shifts in the artist’s style, depicting characters and narratives that are indicative of the artist’s preoccupation with the end of life. Diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, The Valley Page 6 is representative of the way in which Haring’s work and activism became intensely embroiled in his personal life and the socio-political context of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

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