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Keith Haring (1958-1990)
Keith Haring (1958-1990)

William S. Burroughs, Apocalypse (L. pp. 98-115)

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Keith Haring (1958-1990)
William S. Burroughs, Apocalypse (L. pp. 98-115)
the complete set of ten screenprints in colours, 1988, on Museum Board, with title, text and justification, the title and text printed on PVC foil, signed by the author in black ink on the introduction, each print signed and dated in pencil, numbered 77/90 (there were also five hors commerce copies), published by G. Mulder, New York, 1988, each with the copyright stamp of the artist and publisher verso, printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York, with his blindstamp, the full sheets, remains of old adhesive to the justification, the text with a few minor dents to the PVC foil, otherwise in very good condition, the ten plates and title framed (lacking the original portfolio box)
S. 963 x 965 mm. (overall) (10)

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Lot Essay

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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