While statistics disprove the popular view that so many talented people died at the age 27, here is an incomplete list: Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Jonathan Brandis, Amy Winehouse and of course Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Both are really interesting characters, with Haring born in Reading, Pennsylvania and Basquiat in Brooklyn. At some point the gay Haring and the sexually ambiguous Basquiat, though his relationships were with women, met and became friends. Basquiat sold his first work to singer Deborah Harry for $200. A few months later his works were selling for $20,000 each. I think the year was 2017 when one of his works sold for US $110 million. The more Warhol like pop artist Haring became a social justice and AIDS, and safe sex campaigner and artist. There is a large mural painted by Haring here in Melbourne, restored in 2013 I think, and he also painted a mural for a hoarding as the water wall at the Art Gallery was replaced.
We trammed to the National Gallery of Victoria after a pleasant lunch in the city. Although not far, we wanted to save our legs for the exhibition. $30 full admittance for me and old persons discount of $25 for R and our friend.
It was the best exhibition I have seen for years. In the background was music by artists of the 1980s, such as Madonna and Deborah Harry. I think the curation was brilliant and credit to curators Dieter Buchhart and Anna Karina Hofbauer, along with the gallery's senior curator Miranda Wallace.
Nothing to do with anything but before we entered the exhibition. I don't know what it is about and I am not really interested. Maybe you are.
A few snaps of some works that appealed to me. There is anger and a rawness in Basquiat's works and that never changed. I actually preferred his art as there was much more to see and wonder about in his creations.
As his fame grew, Haring's works became much more sophisticated.
Just when I started to wonder how many rooms of works there would be, we were in a room full of celebrity type photos by French born artist, fashion designer and film producer Maripol with many featuring either or both artists. I know nothing of her, but I loved her photographs. After that interlude, I was happy to see more Haring's and Basquiat's works.
There weren't too many more before we entered an exit via the gift shop passage featuring huge over life sized photos, also cleverly reflected behind glass on the opposite wall.
Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Haring.
Both with a person unknown.
I so do at times research for some posts. I put a good bit of work into this one, whether it is of interest or not. Basquiat looks rather attractive in the these photos above, but I saw one of him taken not long before he accidentally overdosed and he did not look good. His looks were fucked by drugs and hard living before he died at such a young age.