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Apocalypse Keith Haring

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The Apocalypse series is one of Keith Haring’s most enigmatic and powerful works. The set of 10 screen prints juxtapose borrowed images with Haring’s graffiti-inspired bold and curving lines, elegantly linked together with blocks of primary colour.

Published in 1988, the 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. Whilst a student at the School of Visual Arts, Haring came across the Beat poets at the 1978 Nova Convention and had been inspired by Burroughs’ methods of breaking down language ever since. As with much of his other works, Haring adopts a system of expression inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics in this series, that repeats and appropriates a set of motifs to create a memorable pictorial language. Read in conjunction with Burroughs’ free-form text, Haring’s prints represent disjointed, violent and at times perplexing episodes that imagine the horrors of Armageddon.

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