Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat changed the art world of the 1980s.
With artworks that are rich with symbolic meaning, complex and emotionally charged, this unprecedented, world premiere exhibition is the first to explore each artist’s career in entirety, from their beginnings as iconic street artists in New York to becoming international art stars.
Keith Haring (American 1958–90) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (American 1960–88) created an indelible legacy that continues to influence contemporary visual and popular culture today. Through their idiosyncratic imagery, radical ideas and complex socio-political commentary, each artist is acclaimed for his distinctive visual language, employing signs, symbols and words to convey strong social and political messages in unconventional ways.
The exhibition surveys each artist’s tragically short, yet prolific career through more than 200 artworks, including works created in public spaces, painting, sculpture, objects, works on paper, photographs and more. Crossing Lines provides audiences with a comprehensive insight into these influential artists’ careers.