Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines
1 Dec 19 – 13 Apr 20, NGV International
Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat changed the art world of the 1980s though idiosyncratic imagery, radical ideas and socio-political commentary. They created an indelible legacy that continues to influence contemporary visual and popular culture today.
Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines offers fascinating insights into the many intersections between the lives, creative work and ideas of these two artists. Each artist is acclaimed for his distinctive visual language, employing signs, symbols and words to convey strong social and political messages in unconventional ways.
Beginning with examples of both artist’s work from the streets and subway stations of New York City, Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines presents works from each artist’s first exhibition, their collaborations with each other as well as with Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and Madonna. The exhibition presents a selection of works highlighting their distinct visual language, including Basquiat’s crown and Haring’s radiant baby.