Keith Haring, Andy Mouse (Plate 4), from the Andy Mouse Series, 1986
|Artist:||Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)|
|Title:||Andy Mouse (Plate 4), from the Andy Mouse Series, 1986|
|Reference:||Littmann P. 65|
|Series:||Andy Mouse Series, 1986|
|Image:||38 in x 38 in (96.5 cm x 96.5 cm)|
|Sheet:||38 in x 38 in (96.5 cm x 96.5 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 30 in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Signature:||This silkscreen is hand-signed by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) in pencil in the lower right margin. Hand-signed by Andy Warhol in pencil in the lower left margin.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
Keith Haring Andy Mouse 4 silkscreen is the fourth and final installment of the artist’s Andy Mouse Series of 1986. In this work, Haring illustrates a green mouse modeled after Mickey Mouse, but he is adorned with Andy Warhol’s signature thick glasses and spiked hair in blue. This Andy Mouse’s legs are wide and his large yellow shoes are placed at the bottom right and left corners of the composition. His hands are tucked away behind his back and he staring directly at the viewer. The artist has drawn a large dollar sign on the mouse’s abdomen; in doing this, he takes on the form of a dollar bill. In creating a square composition using silkscreening, Haring references Warhol’s work which often takes form in square silkscreens. Additionally, this method of printing allows the artist to create saturated and precise illustrations in large numbers.
Created in 1986, Keith Haring Andy Mouse 4 silkscreen is hand-signed by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) in pencil in the lower right margin and hand-signed by Andy Warhol in pencil in the lower left margin. Numbered from the edition of 30 in pencil in the lower right margin.
Keith Haring Andy Mouse 4 is part of a portfolio of four silkscreens in the artist’s Andy Mouse portfolio of 1987. This body of work depicts illustrations of the fellow artist and Haring’s dear friend Andy Warhol. Also featured in this portfolio are Andy Mouse (Plate 1), Andy Mouse (Plate 2) and Andy Mouse (Plate 3).
Keith Haring Andy Mouse series:
The collaboration between Keith Haring and Andy Warhol resulted in a notable series known as the "Andy Mouse" series. Created in the mid-1980s, this series combines Haring's signature style with Warhol's iconic imagery, resulting in a dynamic fusion of the two influential artists.
The "Andy Mouse" series features Haring's cartoonish figure of a mouse with the distinctive face of Andy Warhol. Haring took inspiration from Warhol's own fascination with commercial icons and celebrity culture, incorporating Warhol's image as a way to pay homage to the influential Pop artist.
The collaboration between Haring and Warhol was not only a merging of artistic styles but also a meeting of two generations of artists. Haring, a rising star in the art world, admired Warhol's work and saw him as a mentor and inspiration. The "Andy Mouse" series became a way for Haring to pay tribute to Warhol's influence on his own artistic development.
In the "Andy Mouse" series, Haring's bold lines and vibrant colors breathe new life into Warhol's image, creating a playful and energetic representation. The mouse figure, which was a recurring motif in Haring's work, symbolizes innocence, curiosity, and a sense of wonder, while Warhol's face adds a layer of celebrity and cultural commentary.
Haring and Warhol both shared an interest in blurring the boundaries between high and low art, embracing popular culture, and challenging the traditional notions of what art could be. The "Andy Mouse" series reflects this shared sensibility, merging elements of street art, Pop art, and cartoon imagery.
The collaboration between Haring and Warhol extended beyond the creation of the "Andy Mouse" series. They also worked together on other projects, including a mural for the Pop Shop, a store founded by Haring that aimed to make art accessible to a wider audience.
The "Andy Mouse" series was met with positive reception, as it showcased the creative synergy between Haring and Warhol. It highlighted their ability to merge their distinct artistic approaches while paying homage to one another's contributions to the art world.
The series also serves as a testament to the enduring influence of both Haring and Warhol. Their artistic legacies continue to resonate with audiences, inspiring subsequent generations of artists and shaping the trajectory of contemporary art.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Keith Haring Andy Mouse (Plate 4), from the Andy Mouse Portfolio, 1986 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. Keith Haring Andy Mouse 4 is listed and illustrated on pg. 65.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany our Keith Haring Andy Mouse 4.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Andy Mouse 4, from the Andy Mouse Portfolio, 1986 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.