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Keith Haring, Fertility Untitled 4, from the Fertility Suite, 1983

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Fertility Untitled 4, from the Fertility Suite, 1983
Reference:Littmann P. 33
Medium:Color Screenprint on Wove Paper
Image:47 in x 40 in ( 119.4 cm x 106.7 cm)
Sheet:50 in x 42 in (127 cm x 106.7 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil in the lower right margin. Published by T. Shafrazi Gallery, New York.
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 condition.
ID #w-10014

Historical Description

Keith Haring Fertility Untitled 4, from the Fertility Suite, 1983 is the second of five works in the artist’s Fertility Suite of 1983. In this work, the artist illustrates a large spotted idol-like figure in orange and yellow. Its arms are stretched outwards toward either side of the composition and its torso is defined by sharp spicules jutting outwards from its center, and a form resembling the feminine gender symbol is expunged from the figures abdomen. The godly form is being supported by the strength of five smaller pink figures who appear to be pregnant. Haring’s depiction of these feminine figures reiterates the concept of the entire Fertility Suite which makes modern the place of fertility imagery in art history. The bright colors and precision of this work demonstrate Haring’s expertise in screenprinting.

Keith Haring Fertility Untitled 4, from the Fertility Suite, 1983 is part of a portfolio of five screenprints in the artist’s Fertility Suite of 1983. This body of work depicts forms engaging in ritualistic activities as they revel in their fecundity. Also featured in this portfolio are Fertility Untitled 1, from the Fertility Suite, 1983, Fertility Untitled 2, 1983, from the Fertility Suite, Fertility Untitled 3, from the Fertility Suite, 1983, Fertility Untitled 5, from the Fertility Suite, 1983.

Created in 1983, Fertility Untitled 4, from the Fertility Suite is a color screenprint hand-signed by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) in pencil and numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil in the lower right margin.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Keith Haring Fertility Untitled 4, from the Fertility Suite, 1983 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. Littmann, Klaus. Keith Haring: Editions on Paper 1982-1990, The Complete Printed Works. Hatje Cantz Publishers: New York, 1993. Listed on pg. 30 and illustrated on pg. 33.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Fertility Untitled 4, from the Fertility Suite, 1983 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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