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Boom for real: the late teenage years of Jean-Michel Basquiat & Q&A Suzanne Bisset, Joe Rush, MC Llamas, Dan Ross

October 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

£4 - £8

A poet, musician and graffiti prodigy, Jean-Michel Basquiat remains one of the most prominent and original artist of the 7os American art scene, playing a major role into the Punk Art and Neo-Expressionism movements. Born in Brooklyn to a Puerto Rican mother and a Haitian father, Basquiat is seen as the product of the hyped 1980s and his work continue to serve for many observers as a metaphor for the dangers of artistic and social excess. He went from sleeping on benches to collaborating with Andy Warhol before dying aged 27 from his heroin addiction, all the while becoming one of the most bankable artist on the contemporary art market. Like a superhero of a graphic novel, Basquiat seemed to rocket to fame and riches, and then, just as speedily, fall back to Earth, the victim of drug abuse and eventual overdose.

American 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, 1978-81, illustrating how the city, the times and the people around him informed the artist he became and shaped his vision.

A fresh perspective on the movements that touched and inspired him, as well as the influence a bankrupt, violent city had on this seminal artist, the film shows how Basquiat has become, over the years, 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.

In 1978, Jean-Michel was a teenager (18 years old), living on the street and sleeping on friends’ sofas in the East Village. He was shaped and formed by his friendships — those he influenced and those who influenced him. The crumbling City allowed them the freedom to discover and experiment with their work.

Bruton Art Factory Director, Suzanne Bisset will introduce the film and chair a panel including sculptor Joe Rush, Artist MC Llamas and Dan Ross from Dazed & Confused.

Suzanne Bisset opened her first gallery in Dublin age 19 and curated shows for U2 in their recording studio. In the 90’s she was a journalist and Creative Director on projects with the KLF and many bands. She famously curated a show for Bob Dylan with Patti Smith and Tracey Emin. In the year 1999 she joined Dazed & Confused magazine working closely with Rankin and touring shows around the world. She launched an agency in Shoreditch with the majority of London Artist A listers on her books. In 2015 Suzanne launched the Bruton Art Factory an experimental art space in the middle of the Somerset countryside which goes from strength to strength showing high profile artists and creatives. It gets huge attention from the media despite not doing any official press apart from the local regional tabloid.

Our thanks to Hauser & Wirth Somerset for supporting this film event.

 Director: Sara Driver
Running time: 1h18
Rating: 15



October 5
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
£4 - £8
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Dropping Ln
Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL United Kingdom
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