Keith Haring Apocalypse 2

Artist: Keith Haring
Medium: Silkscreen
Title: Apocalypse 2
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 S. Burroughs

"The planet is pulling loose from its moorings, careening into space, spilling cities and mountains and seas into the Void, spinning faster and faster as days and nights flash by like subway stations. Iron penis chimneys ejaculate blue sparks in a reek of ozone, tunnels crunch down teeth of concrete and steel, flattening cars like beer cans. Graffiti eats through glass and steel like acid, races across the sky in tornados of flaming colors."

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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.