Keith Haring, ‘Robot and Man’, 1989, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Keith Haring, ‘Robot and Man’, 1989, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

From the Valley Suite.
Note: "The Valley Suite” is a group of etchings by Keith Haring with text by William S. Burroughs. The portfolio consisted of sixteen etchings drawn by the artist in April of 1989, in his New York studio. The author copied the text by hand on sixteen sheets of tracing paper, which were photo-etched onto 10" x 9" copper plates and printed in red ink. "The Valley", is a chapter from the author’s novel, The Western Lands,
The fine art paper was created at Twinracker Handmade Paper in Brookston, Indiana. The 14"x12 1/2" sheets are white, 160 lb. 100% cotton paper. The watermark contains the initials of the artist and author. The edition was hand-printed at Wellington Studios in London, and each copy is presented in a case constructed by James Currier of Newtown, Connecticut.
Printed by: The images were proofed by Maurice Payne from 10" x 9" copper plates and printed in black ink.

Signature: signed in pencil

Publisher: George Mulder Fine Art, London

Littman “Keith Haring Editions on Paper 1982 - 1990 (Catalogue Raisonee) p.136 - 141)

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