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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

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Thursday 30 January 8.30pm Channel 039

This compelling doco follows Basquiat's life pre-fame and how New York City, the people and the movements surrounding him, formed the artist he became. Using never-before-seen works, writings and photographs, director Sara Driver, who was part of the New York arts scene herself, worked closely and collaboratively with friends and other artists who emerged from that period. Boom For Real paints a portrait of Jean-Michel and downtown New York pre AIDS, during President Reagan and the real estate and art booms – before anyone was motivated by money and ambition.  Basquiat’s paintings now sell for millions of dollars at auctions.