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Keith Haring, Fertility Untitled 2, from the Fertility Suite, 1983

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Fertility Untitled 2, 1983, from the Fertility Suite
Reference:Littmann P. 32
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-10012

Historical Description

Keith Haring Fertility Untitled 2, 1983 is the second of five works in the artist’s Fertility Suite of 1983. In this work, the artist illustrates a speckled pyramid rendered in yellow, green and orange. This ancient structure which is historically a sacred monument is being attacked by two flying saucers in the top right and left corners of the work. In the bottom left corner of the piece, a pink and green pregnant figure stands with her arms thrown upwards toward the sky in astonishment, baffled by the scene that is taking place before her. Using screenprinting to construct this work, Haring maintains precise linework and bold saturated colors with acrylic ink. This work is an archetypal example of Pop art; Haring’s use of well-known iconography like ancient pyramids and UFOs appeals to the language of the masses while simultaneously communicating his thoughts on controversial topics such including violence, sex and religion.

Keith Haring Fertility Untitled 2, 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 3, from the Fertility Suite, 1983, Fertility Untitled 4, from the Fertility Suite, 1983, Fertility Untitled 5, from the Fertility Suite, 1983.

Created in 1983, Fertility Untitled 2, 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 2, 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. 32.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Fertility Untitled 2, 1983 from the Fertility Suite is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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