Edition of 33
Blueprint Drawings #14 by Keith Haring
One of the 17 drawings created between December 1980 and January 1981, the original of this print was executed on vellum with Sumi ink, as Haring intended to make blueprint copies of each work. Periodically, he would take his drawings to the local blueprinters, where he became charmed by disjunct between the content of his work and the technical schematics with which the printers were most familiar. These works were prominently featured in Haring’s first solo exhibition in New York City. The exhibition lasted for one week, during which he sold several blueprint copies of the drawings. However, before he sold any of them, he made photostats of each of the drawings. This print is sourced from one of those stats.
Keith Haring was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists and social activists whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s – Keith Haring’s drawings have become a universally recognized image. 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. The Keith Haring Foundation, established in 1989, continues Haring’s legacy of giving to organizations for underprivileged children.
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.