Untitled, 1984 an unique terracotta vase, signed ' K. Haring', dated 'May 26 1984' and stamped on the base in black marker pen 47.7 x 34.8cm (18 3/4 x 13 11/16in).
The central motif in this vase takes the form of a body with an eye in the centre. This dancing body radiates with energy and movement. Key to the design is the radiant baby which sits between the legs of the body/eye. For Haring, the radiant baby signified life, energy, happiness and the positive side of humanity.
The radiant baby and this vase in general offer exciting vehicles through which Harings strong sense of his own style can be explored. The spontaneous lines, which Haring referred to as calligraphy, are confident and applied without hesitation. In their simplicity they resonate with an energy which reflects the dynamic of the subject matter he depicts, while the immediacy and legibility of the calligraphy reflects Harings belief that the most effective art was direct and accessible. Indeed Haring would often refer to Dubuffets statement that, I aim for an art which would be an immediate connection with daily life which could start from our daily life, and which could be very direct.
Bibliography E. Sussman, Keith Haring, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1997
A. Kolossa, Keith Haring, Cologne, 2006
Pearlman, A, Unpackaging art of the 1980s, Chicago, 2003