Keith Haring’s tech-art prophecy

Keith Haring untitled 1984

I saw this brilliant Keith Haring painting (‘Untitled’) last week at a preview for the Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art evening auction. It was painted in 1984, the beginning of the Mac computers era, and the pyramid with the raised hands underneath is supposed to represent the idea of the false worship of technology. How prophetic!

What Keith Haring and his fellow pop artists did so well was to comment on contemporary culture in an accessible way (he started out drawing chalk ‘graffiti’ murals on the New York subway). I was a teenager when Haring was coming to prominence and his commentaries on AIDS, club culture and inclusiveness made a huge impression on me. We’re in such a weird time culturally, politically and economically right now but that actually means it’s a great time to be an artist. This painting sold for £3.3 million; I’m dying to know who bought it.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Keith Haring ‘Untitled’, 1984
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