'Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines' Opens at NGV in Melbourne

Grace Jones, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol in 1980s New York.

Maripol and Madonna in 1980s New York.

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in 1980s New York.

In an unprecedented, world premiere exhibition, the National Gallery of Victoria is presenting the work of two of the most significant and influential artists of the late twentieth century in Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines. Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition offers new and fascinating insights into their unique visual languages and reveals, for the first time, the many intersections between their lives, practices and ideas.

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV, said: ‘With diverse works on loan from public and private collections world-wide, the Crossing Lines exhibition offers an outstanding platform to explore the formidable works of two of the finest artists to emerge from New York City in the 1980s. The works of Haring and Basquiat remain so impactful as they demonstrate a complete mastering of how to use visual language and communicate bold statements on politics, race and social justice.”

Dr. Dieter Buchhart, respected art historian and guest curator of Crossing Lines, said: “Haring and Basquiat are among the most influential artists of not only the 1980s but more broadly, of our time and relevant to global youth culture.”

“While Basquiat anticipated today’s ‘always-on’ culture of communication and contemporary knowledge spaces, Haring foreshadowed emojis with his image-word alphabet,” continued Buchhart. “This universal system of communication remains a positive, humanistic meme in the collective struggle against ignorance, fear and silence.”

Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines is now open until April 13, 2020.

images: Media and Public Affairs NGV (NGV)

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