Keith Haring Apocalypse 10

Artist: Keith Haring
Medium: Silkscreen
Title: Apocalypse 10
Portfolio: Apocalypse
Year: 1988
Edition: 89/90
Framed Size: 40 1/2" x 40 1/2" x 2 1/4" (framed in a plexibox)
Sheet Size: 38" x 38"
Signed: Hand Signed in pencil
Text by William Burroughs

"Skyscrapers scrape rents of blue and white paint from the sky, the rivers swirl with color, nitrous ochres and red eat through the bridges, falling into the rivers, splash colors across warehouses and piers and roads and buildings, AMOK art floods inorganic molds, stirring passions of metal and glass, steel girders writing in mineral lusts burst from their concrete covers, walls of glass melt and burn with madness in a billion crazed eyes, bridges buck cars and trucks into the rivers, the sidewalks run ahead faster and faster, energy ground down into sidewalks and streets by billions of feet and tires erupts from manholes and tunnels, breaks out with volcanic force: LET IT COME DOWN. Caught in New York beneath the animals of the village, the Piper pulled down the sky."

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Artist Biography

Keith Haring was born in 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania and grew up in nearby Kutztown, Pennsylvania. At a young age, he showed a penchant for line drawing, and admired the pop culture imagery of Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney. He attend the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh for two semesters and eventually enrolled at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

It was in late-1970s and early-1980s New York that Haring's personal style developed. There he discovered a thriving artists' community that seemed to exist outside the world of galleries and museums. Influenced by graffiti writers and street art, he honed what would become the signature appearance of his work: the heavy use of line, vivid fields of color, and simplified humanoid and geometric forms.

Throughout the 1980s, Haring achieved international recognition for his images, taking part in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. In 1986 he opened the Pop Shop in Soho, which sold shirts, posters and other memorabilia bearing his images. Today his work is instantly recognizable, as it had been sought by artists and performers such as Andy Warhol, William Burroughs, Yoko Ono, and Madonna. Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, and died two years later.