Keith Haring Mural, Pisa, 1989, 2020

The ink and wash drawing depicts Mr. Peanut passing the Keith Haring mural in Pisa. The multicolored mural, titled Tuttomondo, was painted by Haring in 1989. The ever-expanding body of work that is Vincent Trasov’s Mr. Peanut drawings began as a palm-sized flip book, which evolved into a 16 mm film of the Planters Peanuts corporation’s brand icon tap-dancing. The drawings, produced over the past twenty years, depict Mr. Peanut infiltrating scenes of historical, geographical and artistic contexts, as a symbol which has lost its original meaning and which since has taken on a myriad of new associations.

Ink and wash on paper, paper: 31 × 22.9 cm (12 ¼ × 9 inches); image: 17 × 10.5 cm