Keith Haring, Growing (Plate 2), from the Growing Portfolio, 1988

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Growing (Plate 2), from the Growing Portfolio, 1988
Reference:Littmann P. 90
Series:The Growing Suite, 1988
Medium:Color Screenprint
Image:38 3/8 in c 28 1/8 in (97.5 cm x 71.4 cm)
Sheet:40 in x 30 in (101.5 cm x 76 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 condition.
ID #W-10065

Historical Description

Keith Haring Growing (Plate 2), 1988 is the second installment of the artist’s Growing portfolio of 1988. In this work, Haring creates a composition in a limited palette of yellow, blue and red. Six blue figures that merge into one great being extend from the bottom center of the work up and outwards, extending their limbs toward the edges of the composition. The form is outlined in bold red line and stand atop a smooth yellow background. The precision of the artist’s linework and the saturation of the colors he uses are emphasized by the method of screen printing, a method of printing that uses a mesh to meticulously transfer ink. This two-dimensional figure carries characteristics of hieroglyphics, a visual language of the ancient Egyptians. Haring uses his own version of this language to communicate his ideas with icons of his own creation.

Keith Haring’s Growing (Plate 2), 1988 is part of a portfolio of five screenprints in the artist’s Lucky Strike portfolio of 1987. This body of work depicts fragments of figures rendered in the artist’s signature style dismantled and reconstructed to create enormous singular forms that dominate their compositions. Also featured in this portfolio are Growing (Plate 1), Growing (Plate 3), Growing (Plate 4), and Growing (Plate 5).

Created in 1987, this silkscreen is hand-signed by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) in pencil in the center right image and numbered from the edition of 80 in pencil in the center right image.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Keith Haring Growing (Plate 2), from the Growing Portfolio, 1988 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 on pg. 88 and illustrated on pg. 90.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Growing (Plate 1), from the Growing Portfolio, 1988 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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