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Keith Haring, ‘Retrospect’, 1989, Christie's

Signed and dated in pencil, numbered 28/75 (there were also seven artist's proofs), published by M. Lawrence Editions, New York, with their blindstamp, the colours 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.

From the Catalogue:
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.’ (The artist, quoted in: D. Sheff, 'Keith Haring: An Intimate Conversation’, Rolling Stone, 10 August 1989, p. 102).
—Courtesy of Christie's

See Littmann pp. 120-1

With Martin Lawrence Gallery, New York; their label on the reverse of the frame.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.

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