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Keith Haring, Growing (Plate 5), from the Growing Portfolio, 1988

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Growing (Plate 5), from the Growing Portfolio, 1988
Reference:Littmann P. 91
Series:The Growing Portfolio, 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-10068

Historical Description

Keith Haring Growing (Plate 5), 1988 is the fifth and final installment in the artist’s Growing Portfolio of 1988. This work has the least restricted palette of all five works in this series with shades in green, yellow, red, blue and black. The artist maintains distinct separation and precision in these hues by using screen printing, a method of printing which involves passing ink through a treated mesh onto paper. On the left and right sides of the composition, Haring renders what appear to be two figure sin profile bent over a throne which a red figure is sitting on in the center. Behind this figure, a form in yellow looks down upon the figure in the foreground. Its arms are stretched out towards either side of the composition and its hands hover just above the backs of the figures in blue. Behind this yellow form, the artist renders a theatrical red background lined with green partitions with jagged edges on the right and left sides and a blue overhanging slab of blue at the top.

Keith Haring’s Growing (Plate 5), 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 2), Growing (Plate 3), and  Growing (Plate 4).

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 5), 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. 91.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Growing (Plate 5), 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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