Keith Haring - White Icons

White Icons Keith Haring

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White Icons is a set of five prints from 1990 each showing a single symbol rendered as an embossing on plain white paper. Exactly mimicking the artist’s Icons series but without colour, these images represent some of Haring’s most recognisable motifs of his career showing the radiant baby, angel, flying devil, three-eyed monster and barking dog.

Much like fellow graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haring reuses particular symbols, all present in the Icons series, to produce a memorable pictorial language. 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 symbols used in White Icons first appeared in Haring’s New York subway drawings from the beginning of his career, notably the radiant baby ‘tag’ that the artist used in place of his signature on public art projects. Uncompromising in its positive tone, Haring’s syntax of signs in this series creates a universal language to be seen and understood by the masses of New York, thus producing a true public art charged with meaning.

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