NGV: Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines NEW website review by Michael Marchev
NGV Review Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines
At the world premiere of Crossing Lines at the National Gallery of Victoria during February 2020, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s works were presented alongside fellow artist and friend, Keith Haring, both touted as two of the most influential artists of the late twentieth century. There were more than 200 artworks displayed throughout the ground floor of the NGV, and seeing their early collaborations alongside their individual acclaimed works brought many fresh insights into the parallels both artists shared in their visual languages, practices and ideas. They shocked and excited the 1980s New York City art world with their flamboyant imagery, radical ideas and socio-political commentary, attracting the likes of Andy Warhol, Madonna and Grace Jones in their social circles.
Beginning with examples of both artists’ work from the streets and subway stations of New York City, the exhibition showed early collaborations alongside many of their most acclaimed artworks, including paintings featuring Basquiat’s crown and head motifs and Haring’s iconic ‘radiant baby’ and dancing figures. Various forms of media were used to create an intriguing exhibition well worth the visit.
LONELY PLANET: THE JOY OF WATER BOOK website RATE: 5/5
I am holding a book called THE JOY OF WATER, Float Away Into A World Of Sublime Aquatic Experiences by Lonely Planet Publishing. As many global observations book by Lonely Planet the book covers all six continents: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. The coffee table cute book with marvelous photography from all around the world has an introduction written by Luke Waterson. He says: "Wherever my wanderings take me around the globe, big city or remote backcountry, I have a few things I need to do to feel I fully experienced a destination. One of these is to swim in whatever body of water that place presents me with..." Be it living North London, working Budapest, hiking in Scotland, beaching on Scandinavian bays, Luke considers such encounters with natural waters to be the primordial experiences of the soul. Plus anyone can do that and you do not require any specific training to dip into water. It is experiencing nature's biggest unknowns with every inch of your skin. It creates the greatest joy in the body. I can vouch for myself as from any destinations I would choose to go to I would pick up the ones next to the beach, ocean, sea or any water around it. Being the good swimmer myself I can not imagine myself without water and what you feel when you are inside, doing laps or soaking in the spa after your exercises. Even when you are in the pool forget about the larger water examples there is a smile on your face that you can not get rid of: the pleasures show off. Your skin and soul love it! The water natural peace and healing properties are beyond any explanation. Our world is after all mostly about precious water which we can not live without. The book focuses on the best water spots around the world. Using the book you can discover and travel to the new locations or revisit those you have already been to.
The chapters of the book take you to the locations like La Digue Island, Southern Malawi, assorted national parks natural pools, bay beaches in Cape Town, hot springs in La Fortuna, Eleuthera ocean baths full of sea turtles, Portland Parish blue lagoon, Maine Highlands Moosehead Lake in USA, Arizona spectacular falls, Dead Sea in Israel, West Papua snorkeling, London Hampstead Heath bathing pools, Jellyfish Lake in Palau, Bell Gorge in Western Australia, To Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa, Aitutaki Lagoon in Cook Islands, Ningaloo Beach in Australia and even Bondi Icebergs Club in Sydney. Each experience will tell you a short history of the place, if the destination is family friendly or not, what else you can explore in the region, food experiences, if the waters are safe of not, how to get there, what is the best time to travel there, available accommodation around the place, is there any good drinks place around, where to find the best diving, the cost, local wildlife, the best ways to experience the destination, about the water colors, any rules that apply to swimming, how cold is the water and so much more.
The photos are simply sunning. You will drool. You will want to go... If only! If only all these idyllic lakes, wild swimming holes, mystic caves and wild beaches be close so we do not have to use planes and change countries... But this is the beauty of travel: you start with packing your bags, learning as much as possible about the designation, buying tickets, taking as less as possible with you, arranging accommodation and finally sitting at the skybus taking you to the airport...sounds like dream. Let's make all these dreams come true. The Joy Of Water, 60 destinations to visit, please do not forget your butterfly capture net.