From an episode of SmartArts
SmartArts: What to Expect from NGV’s Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition
What happens when you combine two of New York’s most famous street artists at the NGV? Curator Pip Wallis joins SmartArts to talk about the latest exhibition, Crossing Lines. By pairing two legendary artists, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, the exhibition aims to unpack the politics and artistic community of New York in the 1980s. By taking a deeper look into the two artists’ practices separately, the exhibition illuminates how they cross lines and boundaries. Both artists had short careers and this sense of them being taken before their time has helped to create a blazing star mythology surrounding their work and practice. The NGV has also recreated Keith Haring’s water wall mural which was destroyed shortly after it was created in 1984. The exhibition seeks to show us that apart from the well-known works, their practice encompassed a whole range of other mediums and outputs.