A huge Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition is coming to the NGV

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Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

Explore New York’s art scene in the ’80s and ’90s.

Two of the most iconic artists of all time will take over the National Gallery of Victoria this summer for a huge, double-whammy exhibition.

Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were some of the most influential artists of the late-20th century, using their work as a powerful social and political platform. They were also great friends, which makes it all the more fitting that they’ll be honoured side by side.

Keith Haring| Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines will feature over 300 paintings, sculptures, photographs and journals from the archives of the two artists.

The exhibition will track Haring and Basquiat’s beginnings in New York through to their deaths, exploring the development and public impact of their work – particularly in regards to social issues such as racism and the AIDS crisis.

As well as some of the pair’s most famous individual pieces (including Basquiat’s 1982 work Untitled and Haring’s tribute A Pile of Crowns for Jean-Michel Basquiat), you’ll find collaborations with other icons like Madonna, Grace Jones and Andy Warhol.

You can catch the exhibition at NGV International between December 1, 2019 and April 13, 2020.


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