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Keith Haring

Keith Haring

(Kutztown, Pennsylvania, 1958 -)

Keith Haring (born 1958, Reading, PA) was an american artists based in New York. He fell in love with drawing at a very early age, learning basic cartooning skills from his father and from the popular culture around him. Haring experimented with performance, video, installation and collage, but always maintained a strong devotion to drawing while being a student in college. He rose to fame when he started to use the subway walls as his canvas, becoming one of the most influential artists and social activists in the 1980s.

Fertility, ed 51/100, 1983

Ink on paper

50 in. x 41 1/2 in.

Fertility, ed 51/100 is part of a series also called Fertility. In this series, the incorporation of Haring iconic imagery was used as symbols for the negative aspects of life. Unlike the optimism displayed through color, tension is read through the agitated figures. Haring takes a universal approach to expressing concrete feelings of anxieties present in living. Struggle and apprehension seem to emit from the images presented in this series.

 

[description:] The painting is created with very vibrant and electric colors, using very precise lines of ink. The background is completely black, with a mustard color floor with short red stripes. There is one main subjects right in the middle of the painting that occupies most of the surface. The subjects is a simplistic drawing of a pregnant woman without a face that looks overwhelmed by what is going on around her. She is green with pink polkadots, with a red outline. Surrounding her are nine smaller persons who seems to be climbing on top of her. This subjects are completely yellow with a red outline.

 

USA- 19-82, 1982

Print ed 28/50

20 in x 30 in.

 

[description:] Black and white painting with the main subject painted in red. On the top left corners the word “USA” is written, while the numbers “19-82” are written in the top right corner of the image. Right in the center sitting on top of a pile is the main subject. This subjects has a hole in its torso through which a snake with a dog head on each end passes. The main subject is sitting cross legged, and on top of his head it has various lines that point outward, following the curve of the head.