Crossing Lines: Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat at NGV

Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines is an affecting look at the life’s work of two incredibly influential artists of the late twentieth century who were friends and collaborators.

In the world premiere exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, the inclusion of the legendary Maripol’s archival polaroids take the show to next level pandemonium, where the Gen Xers feel like we’re walking through the corridors of our lives, everything that we have grown up with, been inspired by or hoped to be like.

Overall the exhibition offers fascinating insights into the unique visual languages created by Haring and Basquiat and the many intersections between their lives, practices and ideas are exposed.

Crossing Lines surveys each artist’s tragically short, yet prolific career through more than 200 artworks, including works created in public spaces in the streets and subway stations of New York City, painting, sculpture, objects, works on paper, photographs and more. Many of their most acclaimed artworks are also included, like paintings featuring Basquiat’s crown and head motifs and Haring’s iconic ‘radiant baby’ and dancing figures. The exhibition also revealed to us the creative social circles in which both artists moved, with other iconic figures including Andy Warhol, Madonna and Grace Jones.

Need to know:

  • NGV International Ground Level, St Kilda Road
  • Open now until 13 April 2020
  • Open 10am–5pm daily
  • Buy tickets here.


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