St Kilda’s National Gallery of Victoria was a buzz of activity when I stepped through its entrance past the Haring copy that graced the watery glass front. The New York artist’s original design on the large NGV window had been done years back before someone threw a stone through the glass. I was on my way to Haring and his colleague, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s exhibition at the insistence of my daughter.
This was not my favourite kind of art, and I was a little frustrated that most of the work was untitled and therefore gave me no hint at its meaning. But Keith Haring’s three-dimensional works impressed me. His signature repetitive symbols seemed at home in works influenced by Egyptian, Greek and Roman art.