Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »
Jean Michel Basquiat,
This documentary explores the life and times of artist/designer/performer/provocateur Leigh Bowery. He designed costumes and performed with the enfante terrible of British dance Michael Clark, designed one of a kind outrageous costumes and creations for himself, ran one of the most outrageous clubs of 1980s London club scene Taboo (later immortalized in Boy George's Broadway musical, and was the muse of the great British painter Lucian Freud. The film includes interviews with Damien Hirst, Bella Freud, Cerith Wyn Evans, Boy George, and his widow Nicola Bowery. The sound score is by Richard Torrey, who performed with Bowery in their band Minty. Written by
I want to start out by saying that I just happened by accident to catch this piece. I was also unaware of who Leigh Bowery was, being that I'm not into the "clubscene", and I'm not gay or into design. That being said, this is a truly remarkable film. If you haven't seen Leigh Bowery before, what he does is truly art. I was disturbed the entire way through the film. The costumes were disturbing, the subject matter pertaining to his life is disturbing, and the fact that something and someone so interesting could go seemingly unnoticed, by me at least, was disturbing. On a side note it also occurred to me that Marylyn Manson really isn't so original after seeing this as well. This documentary style film is definitely worth checking out, if nothing else but to see some of the amazing costumes that this artist put together.
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