Pyramid (Blue) by Keith Haring

Pyramids by Keith Haring

Published the year before Haring’s death in 1990, this rare screenprint on anodized aluminum features dozens of the artist’s iconic characters dancing in a celebration of life. Arranged within a large pyramid, the exuberant figures are rendered in bright yellow against a rich teal background. The pyramid was a common theme in Haring’s work, simultaneously referring to antiquity and symbolizing eternity.

Presentation

Edition of 30

Created

1989

Medium

Silkscreen on anodized aluminium plate

Signed

Yes

Genre

Pop

Size

41×60

Pyramid Blue by Keith Haring

Having developed a love for drawing at a very early age, Keith Haring gathered inspiration from the popular culture around him to create hundreds of unique drawings which could be found on billboards, in display windows, rooftops but most notably in the New York subways. Keith Haring’s drawings allowed him to communicate with a much larger audience and the subway stations became a ““laboratory” for working out his ideas and experimenting with his simple lines. Keith Haring is recognized for his exclusive use of black and white, and typical use of primary colors, the figures were simplified, and easily recognizable as his. They formed glyphs that could be read, like an urban, tribal language.

Keith Haring was an American artist and social activist responding to New York City’s street culture of the 1980s. His work is about birth, death, sex and war – very fitting for the period in which he lived and worked. Keith Haring was openly gay at a time when most non-heterosexuals kept their sexual proclivities behind closed doors. Part of Haring’s importance as an artist was how his art raised awareness of AIDS. Many of his works were featured in the Red Hot Organization’s efforts to raise money for AIDS research and AIDS awareness. Keith Haring himself died of AIDS in 1990 at age 32.

Keith Haring was born and grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania with his parents and three younger sisters. His father, Allen Haring, was a cartoonist who may have been an inspiration for him to pursue his artistic talents and certainly influenced his son’s work.

The artist’s first work that garnered attention was his public art painted in the New York City subways. These renderings were more akin to Pop art than Street Art. Perhaps they could best be described as Pop Art on the street.It was at this time that his work “The Radiant Baby” became symbolic of the artist. This image, with its bold lines, vivid colors, and dynamic pose, expresses profound messages of life and unity.n 1980, Haring organized shows in New York City’s Club 57 and for the first time started drawing animals and human faces. He also pasted provocative collages around the city made from cut up and reassembled headlines from the New York Post.

 
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