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Flying Devil (white)

Flying Devil (white)
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Screenprint, 1990
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 53cm x W 64cm

Critical Review

Flying Devil is an example of one of Haring’s trademark graphic symbols that works to create an open-ended visual language, seen and understood by thousands of people in New York City amidst the Cold War, the HIV/AIDS crisis and the crack epidemic. Heavily influenced byAndy Warhol and the wider Pop Art movement of the 1960s, his work bridges the gap between high art and mass consumerism so as to dissolve boundaries between fine art, political activism and popular culture.

Haring’s Flying Devil, alongside others in the series like Angel and Radiant Baby, reworks redemptive imagery to critique the Christian religious fundamentalism and Jesus Movement of the 1970s. Soaring upwards to the heavens from the fires of hell, the devil figure in this print cultivates a sense of the profane to the viewer. Seeking a direct means of expression by using signs in place of words, Haring playfully communicates complex political and anti-religious messages through a simplified visual language.