Angel (white)

Angel (white)
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Screenprint, 1990
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 54cm x W 64cm

Critical Review

Much like fellow graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haring reuses particular symbols, all present in the White Icons series, to produce a memorable pictorial language. The angel is an image used repeatedly by Haring, in works such as Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1984) and Anti-Nuclear Rally (1982), to speak to the ambiguities and socio-political injustices of the time. Angel overflows with paradoxical themes like life and death, good and evil, religion and sexuality, heaven and hell. This paradox is further exemplified when considered alongside other prints in the Icons series, notably Flying Devil.

Haring produces a set of recognisable positive symbols and clear-cut narrative views in his use of simplified form and repetition of images from previous works. The way in which Haring has depicted these images in the White Icons series without their original saturated colours works to simplify the images down even further to produce a more subtle tone to the works.