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Untitled

A work made of brush and black ink on white board.

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  • A work made of brush and black ink on white board.

Date:

September 27, 1981

Artist:

Keith Haring
American, 1958-1990

About this artwork

This black-and-white drawing consists of broad, linear elements that recall Asian calligraphic characters and pre-Columbian hieroglyphs. The outlines represent two human figures wading in a pool of water and grasping snakes. Keith Haring filled the empty white spaces with black squiggles, embedding the recognizable forms within a field of pattern and movement. Representative of his early work, this drawing exemplifies the artist’s developing language of simplified, archetypal imagery that he derived from ancient and non-European cultures, mass media, and popular culture.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Keith Haring

Title

Untitled

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1981

Medium

Brush and black ink on white board

Dimensions

56.5 × 76.5 cm (22 1/4 × 30 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Lannan Foundation

Reference Number

1997.112

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