Edition of 75
Pop Shop Quad IV by Keith Haring
Known for his fluorescent figuration, Haring was a graffiti street artist committed to public accessibility of his work. The Pop Shop series emerged as the shops Haring opened in New York and tokyo. Pop, in this case, refers to the allegorical figurations, colors, and idols that appealed to the masses.
Pop Shop Quad IV by Keith Haring -is a suite of four silkscreen prints on paper created by Keith Haring in 1989. Pop Shop IV includes Keith Haring’s most recognizable icons – barking dog, superman and crawling baby
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.
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.
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.