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

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Jean-Michel Basquiat would go on to become one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, but before that he was a homeless graffiti artist in New York’s Lower East Side.


Depicted through revealing interviews from close friends at the time, this early portrait of a key figure in American Neo-Expressionism also reveals the context in which the late modernist movement was formed, showcasing a community inspired by street art and hip-hop culture, revolting against the popular minimalist movements of the time.


Exploring both Basquiat and Neo-Expressionism, this documentary is an ideal introduction to Senior Cycle Visual Studies content areas 2 and 3.  


Contains references to sex and drug use. 

  • Year
    2018
  • Runtime
    78 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Rating
    IFI Age Recommendation 15+
  • Director
    Sara Driver