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Basquiat: Rage to Riches (PG*) + ScreenTalk

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Jean-Michel Basquiat. Credit: BBC & Yutaka Sakano

Ahead of our major exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real, we present this preview of a new BBC documentary about the artist. 

During his short life, Jean-Michel Basquiat took the 1980's art world by storm. The work of this former downtown NYC graffiti artist is now considered alongside stars of twentieth-century painting such as Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. 

This feature-length BBC documentary includes exclusive interviews with Basquiat’s sisters – Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat – who have never before talked about their brother and his art for a TV documentary. Other contributors include major art dealers, such as Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger and Mary Boone, who exhibited Basquiat as his reputation rocketed to art world fame. 

With striking candour, Basquiat's most intimate friends, lovers and fellow artists tell of a handsome and charismatic personality. The beating heart of this documentary is his work, and the ways in which it embodied and reflected breakthroughs in music, poetry, and modern art.

After the film, director David Shulman and exhibition curator Eleanor Nairne join us for a ScreenTalk. 

Tagged with: Art & design Cinema

UK 2017 Dir David Shulman 90 min 

Basquiat: Rage To Riches was commissioned by the BBC. It is executive produced by Janet Lee and the producer/director is David Shulman for BBC Studios.

* Locally classified 




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