Keith Haring, Untitled (Plate 4), 1987

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Untitled (Plate 4), 1987
Reference:Littmann P. 75 b
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image Size:12 in x 8 ½ in (30.5 cm x 21.6 cm)
Sheet Size:14 ¾ in x 11 in (28 cm x 37 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil in the lower right margin.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condiiton.
ID #W-10052

Historical Description

Keith Haring Untitled (Plate 4), 1987 is a charming work from one of the most successful periods of the artist’s career. It is rendered in a primary palette of red, yellow, blue and black and is created with the use of lithography, a form of printing that involves using a flat sheet of stone or metal treated to repel ink. In this work, Haring illustrates two of his iconic humanoid figures engaging in a playful performance atop a bright red background. A yellow figure on the right side of the composition extends from the bottom edge of the work up and over to the upper left corner with its arms stretched above his head. A slightly larger second figure which dominates the left side of the composition is placed upside down with his limbs extending beyond the top and bottom edges of the work. A large black ‘X’ is placed on the abdomen of this figure, and black lines of similar design bounce around both figure. This color palette is reminiscent of the naivety of a children’s drawing, and this is enhanced by the hand-painted quality of the work that is achieved with lithography.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Keith Haring Untitled (Plate 4), 1987 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Klaus Littman. Keith Haring: Editions on Paper 1982-1990, The Complete Printed Works. Hatje Cantz Publishers: New York, 1993. Listed and illustrated on pg. 75 b.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Untitled (Plate 4), 1987 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.