Institute of Contemporary Arts

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dir. Sara Driver, USA, 2017, 78 mins
Filmmaker Sara Driver’s exploration of the pre-fame years of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat offers a window into his life and the city of New York and illustrates how the city, the times and the people around him informed the artist he became and shaped his vision.
This documentary provides a fresh perspective on the movements that touched and inspired him, as well as the influence a bankrupt, violent city had on his work, showing how Basquiat has become the ultimate representation of this period, fed by its politics, the rise of both hip-hop and punk rock, race issues and the art scene itself.
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