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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C , Case MB2A, Shelf DR109

Poster

1989 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Haring's earliest work in the form of graffiti was executed in chalk on the blank poster hoardings of the New York Subway system. He subsequently established himself as a gallery artist with an international reputation. As well as working in the more traditional gallery mediums of drawing, painting, collage and print he also designed theatre back drops, record covers and produced many public murals as well as producing and selling smaller affordable items in his own 'Pop Shop' in down town Manhattan. His cartoonish style lends itself particularly well to posters. Haring produced this poster in 1989 a year after his own diagnosis with AIDS. This was also the year in which he established the Keith Haring Foundation in support of children’s charities and organizations involved in education, research and care related to AIDS.
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object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Screenprint
Brief Description
Poster by Keith Haring entitled 'Ignorance=Fear, Silence=Death'. USA, 1989.
Physical Description
Poster with three yellow graffiti figures with pink crosses covering their torsos standing in a line. The figure to the left covers their eyes, the middle their ears and the right their mouth. A banner running across the top reads 'IGNORANCE = FEAR' and a banner across the bottom reads 'SILENCE = DEATH' followed by a pink triangle and 'FIGHT AIDS ACT UP'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 610mm
  • Width: 1090mm
Credit line
Given by Robert D Farber
Object history
This poster was given to the museum by artist, photographer and AIDs activist Robert D Farber. He was given the poster by Keith Haring and had it pinned to the wall of his studio in New York. It was taken from his wall for inclusion in the V&A display 'Graphic Responses to Aids'.
Summary
Haring's earliest work in the form of graffiti was executed in chalk on the blank poster hoardings of the New York Subway system. He subsequently established himself as a gallery artist with an international reputation. As well as working in the more traditional gallery mediums of drawing, painting, collage and print he also designed theatre back drops, record covers and produced many public murals as well as producing and selling smaller affordable items in his own 'Pop Shop' in down town Manhattan. His cartoonish style lends itself particularly well to posters. Haring produced this poster in 1989 a year after his own diagnosis with AIDS. This was also the year in which he established the Keith Haring Foundation in support of children’s charities and organizations involved in education, research and care related to AIDS.
Bibliographic References
  • Cole, Shaun Graphic responses to AIDS : Prints, Drawings and Paintings Collection temporary display : 12 June to 13 October 1996, Level 3 galleries, Henry Cole Wing. London : Victoria and Albert Museum, [1996].
  • Gott, Ted Don't leave me this way : art in the age of AIDS Canberra, ACT : National Gallery of Australia ; Melbourne ; London : Distributed by Thames & Hudson, c1994.
  • Cooper, Emmanuel The sexual perspective : homosexuality and art in the last 100 years in the West London ; New York : Routledge, 1994
  • Stephen Coppel, Catherine Daunt, Susan Tallman ; with contributions from Isabel Seligman and Jennifer Ramkalawon The America Dream: pop to the present London : Thames & Hudson, in collaboration with the British Museum, 2017.
Collection
Accession Number
E.82-1996

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