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Keith Haring, Fertility Untitled 5, from the Fertility Suite, 1983

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Fertility Untitled 5, from the Fertility Suite, 1983
Reference:Littmann P. 33
Series:The Fertility Suite, 1983
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-10015

Historical Description

Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) Fertility Untitled 5, 1983 is the second of five works in the artist’s Fertility Suite of 1983. In this color screenprint, the artist illustrates four figures atop a pink and green background. The first two are pregnant forms that stand on either side of the composition and are rendered in black with yellow contouring. The stand one either side a third figure who draws them into a gentle embrace. This figure is colored in red and yellow speckles and also appears in Haring’s Fertility Untitled 4, from the Fertility Suite, 1983. The two figures in black each extend one arm out and above toward the other, as if in celebration. The icon of a crawling infant that has become staple imagery in Pop art appears in the bottom right corner of the composition, encased in a black sphere. Action lines protrude from all four figures in the work emphasize their excitement regarding their fruitfulness.

Keith Haring Fertility Untitled 5, 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 4, from the Fertility Suite, 1983.

Created in 1983, this color screenprint is 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 5, 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 5, 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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