BASQUIAT is an intimate, fond look at one artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, from another artist, director Julian Schnabel . Documenting the rise and fall of the premier black artist and friend of Andy Warhol, it is a sometime unpleasant but affectionate examination of the vanity of the art world. As a 20-year-old, Jean-Michael is far from a royal ambassador of art. He lives in a cardboard box in a city park in New York City and takes drugs with a few friends. He gets a break when he is able to sell a few paintings to Andy Warhol. Soon, he gets an offer of some start up money, a loft and a promise of a show at a very swank gallery. Jean-Michel produces some revered works of art and receives lucrative offers. Yet, after Warhol dies, Jean-Michel cannot stand the pressure of success.
In many ways like the fashion industry, the art world is captivated by the external and material. This movie functions as a tragedy of a man who could not manage his own success and didn’t have a source of moral strength, despite the recognition that his talent was a gift from God. This movie contains implied fornication, depicted drug use and extensive obscenity use.
(B, LLL, V, S, N, A, D, M) Mild morality tale about the corruption of vanity and the recognition that art is a gift from God; 32 obscenities & 2 profanities; brief violent scene where man is beat up; implied fornication; upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking & depicted cocaine use; and, defacing public property