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Past Event

Boom for Real

May 18 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

8 PM – 10 PM

Co-presented with Northwest Film Forum, join us for the Seattle premiere of the new documentary, Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Don't miss this special opportunity to experience the film and a private viewing of Basquiat's landmark 1982 painting, Untitled, currently on view at SAM. Private access will be available to the gallery starting at 6 pm and is included in your ticket purchase.

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 and part of the art 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 an 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 a vibrant and influential artist and era.

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

Image: Installation view of Basquiat—Untitled, 2018, installed at Seattle Art Museum, 2018, photo: Natali Wiseman.