Keith Haring - Untitled 3 from Free South Africa, 1985

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Category Keith Haring Tags signed prints

Original Lithograph, on BFK Rives paper, , in colours, 1985, on heavy robe paper, signed, dated and numbered by the artist in pencil

Size: The full sheet, 100 x 80.8cm (39 3/8 x 31 13/16in)

Published by: Edition Schellmann, New York

Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York

Reference:   Klaus Littmann, Keith Haring, Editions on Paper 1982-1990, Stuttgart 1993, p.42

The Keith Haring Foundation: https://www.haring.com/!/art-work/752

Note: This was made as part of a series of 3 Lithographs showing the struggle between White and black in South Africa.

Keith Haring , was a dedicated social activist. He vigorously advocated for the LGBT community, particularly those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, and condemned racism, inequity, and social injustices. Haring, therefore, found himself joining the international anti-apartheid movement against the oppressive and racially based power of the South African government. Haring wrote that “Control is evil. All stories of white men's ‘expansion’ and ‘colonisation’ and ‘domination’ are filled with horrific details of the abuse of power and the misuse of people,” in a journal entry from March 28, 1987. His poster Free South Africa originated from a painting in 1984 of the same design (currently exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam). In 1985, he transformed the painting into lithograph and added the text “Free South Africa” to the lower border of the composition. It is said that Haring distributed around 20,000 poster versions of this print in New York City in 1986 in an effort to mobilise support against the apartheid.

Provenance:

Foundation De 11 Lijnen, Belgium, acquired in 1987.

Acquired directly from the above by the last owner.

Edition:  60