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They were giants of the New York art scene of the 1980s, stratospherically popular with collectors and the public but snubbed by art institutions during their short lifetimes. Keith Haring, from a churchy white family from Kutztown, Pennsylvania, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, of Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage from Brooklyn, were friends who ran in converging art circles whose epicenter was Andy Warhol. A healthy rivalry marked Haring and Basquiat’s mutual respect, argues the curator of a premiere exhibition that brings their work together.

Haring deployed his distinct thick, curved line in thousands of impromptu subway chalk drawings of dancing human and animal figures, being arrested at one point for “criminal mischief”.

Laid across the ground floor of the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, a vast expanse of water-rounded stones and a small pond fed by a stream of water will bring the outside ecology indoors. Danish-born artist Olafur Eliasson is inviting visitors to reflect on what humans are doing to the planet, in a work inspired by his family’s Icelandic landscape of origin.

“Olafur is able to speak in a range of registers, some of them subtle and sublime, and others that are poetic but pointed,” curator Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow says.

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