KEITH HARING (1958-1990)
KEITH HARING (1958-1990)
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KEITH HARING (1958-1990)

Retrospect

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KEITH HARING (1958-1990)
Retrospect
screenprint in colours, 1989, on thick wove paper, signed and dated in pencil, numbered 36/75 (there were also seven artist's proofs), published by Martin Lawrence Editions, New York, with their blindstamp, the colours exceptionally fresh and bright, the full sheet, in very good condition, in the publisher's original frame
Image 1035 x 1950 mm., Sheet 1160 x 2080 mm.
Provenance
With Martin Lawrence Gallery, New York (with their label on the reverse).
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005.
Literature
See Littmann pp. 120-1
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Lot Essay

Retrospect is an edited survey of Haring’s series Pop Shop I-VI and features many of the artist’s most famous motifs, including barking dogs, dog man, angel and radiant baby. Made at a time when the artist was ailing from HIV Aids, Retrospect also includes several new images which do not appear in previous Pop Shop iterations and which were presumably intended for another series, tragically never realised. In an interview given a few months before his death in February 1990, Haring movingly talks about the new perspective his illness had given him as an artist:

'The thing about all the projects I am working on now…is that there is a certain sense of summing up in them. Everything I do now is a chance to put a crown on the whole thing. It adds another kind of intensity to the work that I do now; it’s one of the good things to come from being sick. If you’re writing a story you can sort of ramble on and go in a lot of directions at once, but when you get to the end of the story, you have to start pointing all the things toward one thing. That’s the point that I’m at now, not knowing where it stops but knowing how important it is to do it now. The whole thing is getting much more articulate. In a way it’s really liberating.’ (quoted in: D. Sheff, 'Keith Haring: An Intimate Conversation’, Rolling Stone, 10 August 1989, p. 102).

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the publisher.

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