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

This event took place May 18 - May 24, 2018

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member

Sara Driver
1h 18m


** On May 18th, opening night will take place at Seattle Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition, Basquiat—Untitled. Basquiat’s former partner Alexis Adler will join the screening for a Q&A! Starting at 6pm, private access to the exhibition will be available before the screening and is included with your ticket purchase **


** Co-presented with Seattle Art Museum! **

NYC in the seventies was violent, broken, and the perfect backdrop for young Jean-Michel Basquiat to take to the streets to start his SAMO graffiti tags. Weaving archival footage, interviews with friends, lovers, and contemporaries, filmmaker Sara Driver captures a time and place that was so influential to the prolific artist, leading up to his first major sale. Driver, was a close friend to Basquiat, having also been a part of the scene in the 70s and 80s. Featuring artists Nan Goldin, Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quinones, Luc Sante, and many more, it becomes clear that Basquiat was truly a product of his environment and had a impact on all of them. For fans of his work, or those simply intrigued, Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat is a fascinating look at an artist and a time that were both vibrant and influential.

Description courtesy of Amanda Salazar.

Conveying his personal magnetism, eccentricity, and nonstop creativity without romanticizing him, the doc also serves as another chapter in the ongoing effort to rescue Basquiat from his own hype.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

There’s a wandering element to Driver’s narrative. This isn’t surprising, coming from a filmmaker who has collaborated on similarly laconic Jarmusch work like Stranger than Paradise and Permanent Vacation… The best elements of Driver’s movie illustrate how these artists located the beauty in that ruin and made a great and turbulent racket in the quiet.” – Chris Barsanti, The Playlist

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