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The Valley Page 8

The Valley Page 8
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. Haring’s later works such as The Valley Page 8 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. 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.

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 people called Corners, who perform for the rest of the Valley people as they enjoy a feast.

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