The Last Works: Haring & Basquiat

Sun 29 Mar, 2pm–2.30pm

Past program

NGV International

Exhibition space
Ground Level

In many of their last works, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat explored the concepts of the void and the horror vacui (a Latin expression meaning ‘fear of emptiness’).

Following the loss of many friends and acquaintances to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and his own HIV diagnosis in 1988, Haring began to fill many of his works with overwhelming detail and imagery relating to themes of fear and death. Basquiat engaged with similar themes, but shifted between creating great density and emptying out his canvases.

Meg Slater, Assistant Curator, International Exhibition Projects, reflects on this important part of their artistic practice.

Speaker
Meg Slater, Assistant Curator, International Exhibition Projects, NGV
Talks and discussions Contemporary Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat NGV International