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Keith Haring, Pop Shop IV (Plate 1), from the Pop Shop IV Portfolio, 1989

Artist: Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Title:Pop Shop IV (Plate 1), from the Pop Shop IV Portfolio, 1989
Reference:Littmann P. 146
Medium:Silkscreen
Image:14 ½ in x 11 1/4 in (36.8 cm x 28.6 cm)
Sheet:16 ½ in x 13 ½ in (41.9 cm x 34.3 cm)
Framed:approx. 21 1/2 in x 18 1/2 in (54.6 cm x 47 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 200 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 hand-signed by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 – New York, 1990) in pencil in the lower right margin.
ID #W-10146

Historical Description

Keith Haring Pop Shop IV (Plate 1), 1989 is the first silkscreen print in the artist’s Pop Shop IV portfolio of 1989. In this work, Haring illustrates two of his signature thick black line figures against a fiery red background. The central figure that draws the eye is the imposing bright yellow angel that threatens to overwhelm the composition. Two massive wings sprout from its back and quiver as they keep the figure in flight. The angel floats above a smaller figure in the bottom right of the print, a human body colored in brown. Angels were common motifs in Haring’s work. The artist used their imagery to express his ideas about religion, creation, birth and sex.

Haring created multiple Pop Shop portfolios during the span of his career, and derived the name from his original Pop Shop that he opened in a retail space in downtown New York in 1986. This shop was opened with the intention of making the artist’s work accessible to the general public, and this accessibility is an explicitly Pop sentiment.

Keith Haring’s Pop Shop IV (Plate 1), 1989 is part of a portfolio of four screenprints in the artist’s Pop Shop III portfolio of 1987. This body of work depicts some of the artist’s iconic figures in a limited palette of red, brown, yellow and black. Also featured in this portfolio are Pop Shop IV (Plate 2), Pop Shop IV (Plate 3) and Pop Shop IV (Plate 4).

Created in 1989, 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 200 in pencil in the center right image.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Keith Haring Pop Shop IV (Plate 1), from the Pop Shop IV Portfolio, 1989 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. 147 and illustrated on pg. 146.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Keith Haring Pop Shop IV (Plate 1), from the Pop Shop IV Portfolio, 1989 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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