Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat 2018

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

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Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat offers an insightful look into a key period of the artist's life, his peers and influences, and the early '80s art world.

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Never-before-seen works, writings and photographs offer insight into the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat as a teenager in New York in the late 1970s. The times, the people and the movements of the city help Basquiat form his artistic vision.

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Jean Labadie
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Paulo Branco
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Adam Benn
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Adam Kurnitz
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  • This could be deliberate, making the point that Basquiat was essentially unknowable, but it makes for a film that's considerably less engaging than its subject.

    June 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Because Basquiat started as a graffiti artist, many of his earliest works were destroyed, so the rare photos here, provided by his friend Alexis Adler, are illuminating.

    June 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film doesn't quite get under Basquiat's skin, but does a thorough job of reconstructing that forgotten city of late-70s New York in which Basquiat came of age.

    June 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Boom for Real is a fizzy, busy, enjoyable memorial to an age - even if it ends up seeming only the first part of a collective memory that will go on to include post-teenage Basquiat...

    June 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is an engaging, well-made film which benefits from its close focus on the artist at such a specific moment in his life.

    June 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A robust and thoughtful profile of a landscape as seen through the prism of an artistic deity.

    June 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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