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9 Keith Haring Artworks You Can Own, in Honor of His Birthday

  • Free South Africa (detail), 1985
May 4, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

During his tragically short but prolific artistic career, Keith Haring left a deep mark in the world of contemporary art, inspiring generations of future artists. Emerging from the vibrant dance-club and street art scene of 1980s New York before becoming celebrated in galleries and museums worldwide, Haring became known for the recognizable style consisting of bold lines and bright colors, as well as the unique energy and optimism of his art.

Through his practice, he has created unique symbolic language and an artistic alphabet of sorts. His trademark figures, such as barking dogs, flying saucers, television heads, radiant baby or dancing figures, remain equally relevant today. Always socially aware, he devoted his art practice to themes of social justice and constant transformation. He raised awareness of a number of pressing issues of the time, from nuclear proliferation to AIDS to the environment to income inequality to racism and apartheid.

This year, on May 4th, Haring would have turned 60. To honor his birthday, we have compiled a list of his works that you can own right now.

Featured image: Keith Haring – Free South Africa (detail), 1985. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Keith Haring - Dog, 1981

Dog, 1981

A collage cut-out on paper, Dog from 1981 features one of the recurring and most recognizable Keith Haring’s motifs. The motif of a dog is one of the most iconic ones and has appeared in a range of his works in a variety of contexts and forms, such as barking or dancing.

See more info about the work here.

  • Keith Haring - Fertility #2, 1983

Fertility #2, 1983

A screenprint in colors, on wove paper, the work Fertility #2 from 1983 is perhaps Haring’s most important and highly sought after graphic work. Using his well-known imagery and motifs, the artist addressed the issue of women giving birth to babies with HIV.

Through his work, Haring often tackled the way the world views people with HIV and AIDS, bringing the awareness of the subject in a whimsical, but effective way.

See more info about the work here.

  • Free South Africa, full set of 3, 1985

Free South Africa, 1985

Racism was an issue that was of paramount concern to the artist. Free South Africa from 1985 is a trilogy which depicts the relationship between the black and white populations in South Africa during the apartheid.

A political response to the conditions of apartheid, the work depicts the black figure as intentionally larger than the white one to express the way a white minority continued to suppress the majority native black population in a post-colonial era.

See more info about the work here.

  • Pop Shop III (D), 1989

Pop Shop III (D), 1989

Pop Shop III (D) is part of a suite of four silkscreen prints on paper created in 1989. Each print contains a 1980s era computer as the subject.

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  • Pop Shop IV (A), 1989

Pop Shop IV (C), 1989

Pop Shop IV by Keith Haring is a suite of four silkscreen prints on paper created by Keith Haring in 1989. The body of work includes Keith Haring’s icons – a barking dog, cartoon-like silhouettes and crawling baby.

The work Pop Shop IV (C) depicts an image of “Radiant Angel”, on wove paper.

See more info about the work here.

  • Pop Shop IV (C), 1989

Pop Shop IV (A), 1989

The work Pop Shop IV (A) is also part of the Pop Shop IV series of silkscreen prints on paper from 1989. With its bold lines, vivid colors, and dynamic pose, this image expresses profound messages of life and unity.

See more info about the work here.

  • Untitled C, 1987

Untitled C, 1987

A television set is one of the most recognizable symbols in the work of Keith Haring. It has been incorporated in a myriad of ways, including the people with television sets instead of heads.

In the work Untitled C from 1987, his signature silhouette man is depicted inside a television set.

See more info about the work here.

  • Untitled, 1989

Untitled, 1989

This Untitled painting from 1989 features one of Haring’s “Heart of Heads”. Created in black outline and flat, vibrant colors, these cartoon-like figures have been used throughout his oeuvre.

Depicting two androgynous figures linked by a heart, the work playfully conveys a powerful humanistic message.

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  • Untitled, from The Blueprint Drawings, 1990

Untitled, from The Blueprint Drawings, 1990

The work Untitled is part of The Blueprint Drawings from 1990, a portfolio of screenprints based on a series of unique works on paper which the artist originally executed in New York between the summer of 1980 and January 1981. One month prior to his death, Haring has revisited these drawings to create a portfolio of 17 screenprints.

This was the last cohesive project of his career and arguably the most iconic and relevant one. The works were left untitled, providing space for a myriad of readings. However, the body of work is imbued with a variety of references, including sex, racism, religion, and AIDS.

See more info about the work here.