WORLD VIEW

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

SARA DRIVER
USA, 2017
78 minutes, Color
Official website

Jean-Michel Basquiat's artistic flame burned intensely before his death at age 27 in 1988. His recognition has only increased since then. Last year, one of his paintings sold for $110.5 million at auction. He was memorialized in Julian Schnabel's film Basquiat and recently set the auction record for an American artist with his Untitled graffiti painting of a skull. Filmmaker Sara Driver brings a fresh perspective to the life of this mercurial figure during his formative years, when he was a homeless teenager in New York City. The documentary immerses viewers in an era when traditional hierarchies were breaking down. Downtown artists were creating their own scene in spots like Club 57, Mudd Club, and pop-up galleries. Basquiat was emblematic of collapsing boundaries between art forms as he moved from graffiti under the signature SAMO©, to painted clothes as Man Made, to music in the band Gray.—Toronto International Film Festival

WORLD VIEW

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

SARA DRIVER
USA, 2017
78 minutes, Color
Official website

Jean-Michel Basquiat's artistic flame burned intensely before his death at age 27 in 1988. His recognition has only increased since then. Last year, one of his paintings sold for $110.5 million at auction. He was memorialized in Julian Schnabel's film Basquiat and recently set the auction record for an American artist with his Untitled graffiti painting of a skull. Filmmaker Sara Driver brings a fresh perspective to the life of this mercurial figure during his formative years, when he was a homeless teenager in New York City. The documentary immerses viewers in an era when traditional hierarchies were breaking down. Downtown artists were creating their own scene in spots like Club 57, Mudd Club, and pop-up galleries. Basquiat was emblematic of collapsing boundaries between art forms as he moved from graffiti under the signature SAMO©, to painted clothes as Man Made, to music in the band Gray.—Toronto International Film Festival


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