KEITH HARING - FREE SOUTH AFRICA

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KEITH HARING - FREE SOUTH AFRICA

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Keith Haring - Free South Africa - 1985
     
Free South Africa by Keith Haring, Unsigned Offset Lithograph printed in 1985 from an edition size of 20,000. The overall size of the Offset Lithograph is 48 x 48 inches. The condition of this piece has been graded as A-. Good Condition, Signs of handling and age.

Offset Lithograph on glazed poster paper. Due to the size and thinness of paper does show signs of handling and some light creasing. Haring used his art to raise awareness and solidarity in the USA about many issue, including Apartheid in South Africa. Fully catalogued in the 2002 "Keith Haring Short Messages Posters" book published by Prestel.

Free South Africa (1985)
Artwork description & Analysis: Free South Africa was a political response to the conditions of apartheid that still existed in South Africa. The black figure is intentionally much larger than the white figure to express the irony of a post-colonial era where a white minority continued to suppress the majority native black population. The use of black lines makes for a sense of dynamic movement of the figures. Black outlines also express a heightened awareness of more psychologically charged elements - like the aura hovering around the restraining collar around the neck of the black figure.  Popular protest poster campaigns by artists such as Haring, using accessible images that lent themselves to circulation in posters, t-shirts and postcards. combined with world-wide public pressure from celebrities, politicians, and citizens, to raise awareness and influence change in South Africa. This wave of protests eventually led to Nelson Mandela - the lawyer/activist and 30-year prisoner of the South African Government - to be released from jail and elected president. Almost a decade later President Mandela ended apartheid for good in 1994.
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