Sunday, December 19, 2010

Art Movie #1- Basquiat

Nearly every week, my wife and I have been watching a different movie that relates to art or artists.  We have scoured Netflix and created a huge queue of movies to feed our arty farty habit.  It is sometimes sad, sometimes shocking, sometimes outrageous, but always a great inspiration to us.  So I am posting every week (or so) our "Art Movie of the week".
  Our first movie is Basquiat.  A really good movie about an important artist; Jean Michel Basquiat, made by another artist (Julian Schnable).  Made in 1996.  For anyone who loves (NY) 80's pop art and "graffiti/street" art, this is a great way to see it captured by people who were there.  Jeffrey Wright plays Jean Michel Basquiat beautifully.  See if you can catch all the celebrities playing famous (or infamous) personages; David Bowie as Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper as Bruno Bischofberger, Parker Posey as Mary Boone.  Not to mention great little walk on parts by Gary Oldman, Courtney Love, Christopher Walken, and Benicio Del Toro.
  I can't recommend it enough.

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