new-york

Keith Haring

Tony Shafrazi Gallery

A new mythology is possible in the Space Age. where we will again have heroes and villains, as regards intentions towards this planet. I feel that the future of writing is in Space, not Time.

—William S. Burroughs

Keith Haring's creatures, human and not, are basically units, quanta in a pictographic language. After his radiant baby and barking dog images appeared all over the city, Haring began to evolve more complex compositions, scenes with tiers of massed, animated outline figures brandishing, grappling, metamorphosing. Human and animal figures and alien epiphanies joined with snakes who, like an uroboros, come full circle in excited motion to eat their own tails. These works are saturated, nearly overpopulated with motifs and figures engaged in a variety of militaristic ritual interactions. The stelelike pictures seem tv show a science-fiction empire whose inhabitants venerate

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