Keith Haring, ‘Growing, 1988 #4’, 1988, Martin Lawrence Galleries

Haring’s 1988 Growing series is among his most popular and today Growing #4 is the second most popular of the five prints in the series. As a trial proof, this work is especially interesting as it offers a unique combination of colors. This particular color combination is quite vivid.

As with all of the works in this series, Growing #4 is bursting with life, energy and movement. As new figures burst forth from one another it begs the question of whether Haring was thinking about humanity, the ties that bind a community, the lifecycle of the family, or all of these things. The Growing series works are playful and funny but can also be read as an expression of the artist’s ideas about people and community – subjects about which he was extremely interested and involved.

Signature: Signed by the Artist

Image rights: Martin Lawrence Galleries

Publisher: Keith Haring; Rupert Smith, U.S.A

Part of Martin Lawrence Galleries Fall 2018 Auction

About Keith Haring

Bridging the gap between the art world and the street, Keith Haring rose to prominence in the early 1980s with his graffiti drawings made in the subways and on the sidewalks of New York City. Combining the appeal of cartoons with the raw energy of Art Brut artists like Jean DuBuffet, Haring developed a distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic centered on fluid, bold outlines against a dense, rhythmic overspread of imagery like that of babies, barking dogs, flying saucers, hearts, and Mickey Mouse. In his subway drawings and murals, Haring explored themes of exploitation, subjugation, drug abuse, and rising fears of nuclear holocaust, which became increasingly apocalyptic after his AIDS diagnosis. Alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Jenny Holzer, Haring is regarded as a leading figure in New York East Village Art scene in the 1970s and '80s.

American, 1958-1990, Reading, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York