'No. 5: Haring's Figures' by Keith Haring (after), 2020
From Be@rbrick x Medicom Toy and authorized by the Haring Estate.
400% figure (11 Inches tall) +
100% figure (2.8 Inches tall)
11.8 x 7.9 x 4.7 Inches (box)
Collectible painted vinyl figure set.
Limited Edition (Sold Out).
Comes new in original, unopened box.
ABOUT THE ART
Keith Haring was one of the most widely-celebrated artists of 1980s New York, and his work is still hugely popular today. His vibrant, eye-catching pieces are grounded in street culture, yet also respected in the art world. And while his cartoon-like drawings may seem simplistic compared to more traditional forms, Haring’s art is no less thought-provoking.
The painter and sculptor intended to create an effective visual language, with every image having a unique meaning behind it. This was extensively explored in a 2018 exhibition called Keith Haring. The Alphabet held at Vienna’s Albertina Museum, with its curators emphasising the artist’s fascination with hieroglyphics. “I am intrigued with the shapes people choose as their symbols to create language,” he once said. “There is within all forms a basic structure, an indication of the entire object with a minimum of lines, that becomes a symbol. This is common to all languages, all people, all times.”
Like the hieroglyphics of the past and the emojis of the present, the visual representations created by Haring succeeded in saying a great deal. And at the heart of his work were his highly symbolic ‘figures’ — outlines of humans signifying the people within modern society. Using his distinct artistic style, Haring conveyed a variety of incredibly important themes and ideas through these characters.
Haring’s multicolored, faceless figures reveal no hint of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, representing humans as distinct but equal beings. Haring wrote in his journal that: “It is important to the future existence of the human race that we understand the importance of the individual and the reality that we are all different, all individuals, all changing and all contributing to the ‘whole’ as individuals, not as groups or products of ‘mass-identity’, ‘anti-individual’ or ‘stereotyped’ groups of humans with the same goals, ideas and needs.”