Keith Haring Icons

Keith Haring Icons

Guy Hepner presents a portfolio of five embossings by Keith Haring. 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.

Made in 1990, this screen print is authenticated by the Keith Haring Estate. It is part of an edition of 25 and follows the classic pop art motif Haring is known for.Haring’s interest in art marketization and the commercialization of his signature icons. These icons became emblems of the artists social view, positive and negative. Struggle and anxiety seem to radiate from the images presented in this series.

About Haring:

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.

Along with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haring was a central figure in Warhol’s creative and social circle. Through his public murals, subway drawings, as well as his prints and paintings, Haring created a range of images that have become internationally recognized and heavily iconicized across a bevy of genres and industries.

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