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Image of Apocalypse

© Keith Haring Foundation


38 x 38 in. (96.5 x 96.5 cm)

Keith Haring
United States (Kutztown, PA, 1958 - 1990, New York, NY)
William Burroughs
United States (St. Louis, MO, 1914 - 1997, Lawrence, KS)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Serigraph
Credit Line: Gift of Sharon and Neil Norry, and Lewis Norry and Jill Katz Norry
Accession Number: 1996.5.22
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Location: Not currently on view

Edition: 73/90

Artists Proofs: 20
Printers Proofs: 5
Hors Commerce: 5
Printer: Rupert Jasen Smith Inc., New York
Publisher: George Mulder Fine Arts
Portfolio: Apocalypse

Artist and activist Keith Haring gained fame during the early 1980s with his then-anonymous graffiti drawings in the New York subway system. Shortly after he was diagnosed with AIDS, he collaborated with the Beat writer William Burroughs to create the Apocalypse portfolio from which this print comes. Likening the epidemic to the end of the world, Haring’s disturbing imagery combines with Burroughs’ stream-of-consciousness poetry to produce a sense of the catastrophe wrought by the tiny virus. The artist died two years later, at the age of 31.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

From a portfolio of ten serigraphs.

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