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Collingwood Has a New 30-Metre-Wide Mural Dedicated to Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat

The Easy Street mural was painted by ten of Melbourne's best street artists.
By Samantha Teague
December 13, 2019
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Collingwood Has a New 30-Metre-Wide Mural Dedicated to Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat

The Easy Street mural was painted by ten of Melbourne's best street artists.
By Samantha Teague
December 13, 2019
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Next time you're on Easey Street, you'll have a front row seat to a brand-new large-scale artwork. Painted by ten of Melbourne's best street artists, the 11-metre-tall, 30-metre-wide mural is a colourful tribute to Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who's works are, fittingly, currently on show at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The world-first Crossing Lines exhibition, which runs until April 2020, has brought together 200 works from the two legendary 80s NYC art figures, who were both friends and creative rivals. As well as commenting heavily on society and politics in their works, both artists used distinctive signs, symbols and lines — some of which are echoed in the huge new Collingwood mural.

Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat mural. Photo by P1xels.

Two central black and white portraits of Haring and Basquiat by artist Heesco are surrounded by abstract, vivid line work by Conrad Bizjak and Chehehe. Graffiti writers Ling, Dvate, Phibs, Sabeth and Duke have also contributed pieces at the bottom of the mural.

A collaboration between the NGV, photographer Dean Sunshine and local artist P1xels, the artwork also nods to Haring's two 84 Melbourne murals, which he painted on the NGV's Water Wall and at the Collingwood Technical School.

You can find the Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat mural at 46 Easey Street, Collingwood. Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines is on show at the NGV International until April 13, 2020. 

Images: Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat mural in Collinwood. Photo by P1xels.

Published on December 13, 2019 by Samantha Teague

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