Curtis Talwst Santiago on Basquiat @ TIFF, Toronto [17 May]

Curtis Talwst Santiago on Basquiat

18:45 - 21:00

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Directed by superstar neo-Expressionist painter Julian Schnabel, Basquiat vividly chronicles New York's art world in the 1980s, as the genius (played by Jeffrey Wright) rises from homeless graffiti street artist to one of the first Black artists to receive international fame, all the while suffering from pervasive racism and drug addiction.

(In May 2017, his 1982 painting sold for $110,500,500. It became the 6th most expensive work sold at an auction, and set a record for an American artist.)

"The casting really makes it sing, from the inspired choice of David Bowie to play Andy Warhol, to a number of ringers amongst the ensemble including Gary Oldman, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Hopper, Courtney Love, Parker Posey, Willem Dafoe, ChristopherWalken and more. But at the centre of it all is Jeffrey Wright, who gives a pretty blazing turn as the artist himself, in a role that put him on the map" –IndieWire

🖌️Special introduction by Toronto-born and Brooklyn-based artist Curtis Talwst Santiago

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