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    Sale 7570

    Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints

    2 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 309

    Keith Haring (1958-1990)

    William S. Burroughs, Apocalypse, G. Mulder Fine Arts, New York, 1988 (L. pp. 98-115)

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    Keith Haring (1958-1990)
    William S. Burroughs, Apocalypse, G. Mulder Fine Arts, New York, 1988 (L. pp. 98-115)
    the complete portfolio comprising ten screenprints in colours, 1988, on museum board, with title, justification and text, signed on the introduction by the author, each print signed and dated in pencil, numbered 74/90 (there were also five hors commerce copies), each with the copyright stamp of the artist and publisher verso, printed to the edges of the full sheet, otherwise in good condition, the title and text pages printed on PVC foil, with minor scratches and soiling, otherwise in good condition, loose within original cardboard portfolio box (portfolio)
    S. 965 x 965 mm. (overall)

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    William Borroughs' text provides a contemporary, and sometimes humourous, version of the final end of humanity:

    'Cherry-pickers with satin brushes big as a door inch through Wall Street, leaving a vast souvenir postcard of the Grand Canyon. Water trucks slosh out paint, outlaw painters armed with paint pistols paint everything in reach. Survival Artists, paint cans strapped to their backs, grenades at their belts, paint anything and anybody within range. Skywriters dogfight, collide and explode in paint. Telephone poles dance electric jigs in swirling, crackling wires. Neon explosions and tornados flash through ruined cities, volcanoes spew molten colours as the earth's crust buckles and splinters into jigsaw pieces.' (W. S. Burroughs, Apocalypse, 1988, p. 4)

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    Aqcuired from the estate of the artist by the present owner