More 2020 dates for your diary
We don’t need a reason to travel, but if we did these upcoming exhibitions in Australia and the US would certainly be it.
Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines
Until 13 April 2020
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
In this world premiere, the National Gallery of Victoria brings together the works of two of the most influential artists of the late 20th century. Credited for changing the art world of the 1980s, Keith Haring (American 1958–90) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (American 1960–88) are both acclaimed for employing signs, symbols and words to convey strong social and political messages in unconventional ways.
This exhibition, which is exclusive to Melbourne, offers new insights into their unique visual languages and reveals, for the first time, the many intersections between their lives, practices and ideas and their impressive creative social circles that included Andy Warhol, Madonna and Grace Jones.
More than 200 artworks will be on display, including paintings featuring Basquiat’s crown and head motifs and Haring’s iconic ‘radiant baby’ and dancing figures.
Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING
Until February 7, 2021
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
If you didn’t know that Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is the world’s top-selling living female artist, you’ll certainly be familiar with her work if you’ve got an Instagram account. At 90-years-old, Yayoi Kusama might seem like an unlikely Instagram favourite, but thanks to her colourful and incredibly grammable works, you can expect to wait for up to three hours to see her exhibitions. With tickets sold out for the rest of December and limited availability in January, the Institute of Contemporary Art’s latest offering, Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING, is proving to be just as popular.
As the most immersive and kaleidoscopic of her Infinity Mirror Rooms, you can understand why. You can also expect her signature polka dots and soft sculptures in brilliant colours, endless reflections and the illusion of space. In addition to inflatable, tentacle-like forms that extend from the floor and ceiling, gradually changing colours, the installation also includes a sound recording of Kusama reciting a love poem in Japanese.
Yayoi Kusama, LOVE IS CALLING, 2013. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice. Photo by Ernesto Galan © YAYOI KUSAMA
Yayoi Kusama pictured with her work LOVE IS CALLING, 2013 during her solo exhibition I Who Have Arrived In Heaven at David Zwirner, New York, 2013. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice.
About Time: Fashion and Duration
May 7-September 2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The wait is over to find out what next year’s Met Gala and the accompanying Costume Institute's spring 2020 exhibition will be focused on. As part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary celebrations, About Time: Fashion and Duration will trace more than a century and a half of fashion—from 1870 to the present.
While this year’s soirée will be chaired by Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and, of course, Anna Wintour, its exhibition has borrowed its concept from philosopher Henri Bergson. Inspired by la durée (duration), it will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate past, present, and future. The late Virginia Woolf’s writings will also serve as the "ghost narrator" of the exhibition.
There will be 160 pieces of women’s clothing from the past 150 years on display and some will offer a connection between eras or generations. For example, a black silk faille princess-line dress from the late 1870s will be paired with an Alexander McQueen "Bumster" skirt from 1995.
Surreal, David Bailey (British, born 1938), 1980; Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo © David Bailey
The Clock, Sarah Moon (French, born 1941), 1999; Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo © Sarah Moon