Watch Now

Free at IMDb via Withoutabox

WATCH NOW
A docu-comedy feature film about a once-famous millionaire "business artist" forced to confront his own legendary obnoxious behavior, while trying to find love through fame.

Director:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

An ex-con finds his plan to go straight foiled by a loan shark who manipulates his target into taking on one last heist.

Director: Risa Bramon Garcia
Stars: Rossif Sutherland, Sarah Roemer, Greg Germann
Downtown 81 (1981)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets ... See full summary »

Director: Edo Bertoglio
Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, John Lurie, Ted Bafaloukos
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A portrait of New York artist Keith Haring.

Director: Christina Clausen
Stars: Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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 »

Director: Tamra Davis
Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian
Maestro (2003)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Maestro, tells the story of how a group of people found refuge and a call for life outside the mainstream. What evolved was a scene that set the ground work for what was to come in dance ... See full summary »

Director: Josell Ramos
Stars: Larry Levan, David Mancuso, Frankie Knuckles
Face Addict (2005)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Face Addict tells the story of a unique and unrepeatable experience, that of the artistic community in New York between the late '70s and early '80s known as the downtown scene. From this ... See full summary »

Director: Edo Bertoglio
Stars: Walter Steding, Glenn O'Brien, John Lurie
TV Party (Video 2005)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

From 1978 to 1982 Glenn O'Brien hosted an insane punk rock New York City cable TV show called TV Party. Co-hosted by Chris Stein, from Blondie, and directed by filmmaker Amos Poe, the hour ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Vinik
Stars: Robert Aaron, Babs, Jean Michel Basquiat
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.

Directors: Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard
Stars: Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Jo Jackson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

Director: Alison Klayman
Stars: Weiwei Ai, Dan Ai, Lao Ai
Basquiat (1996)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is "... See full summary »

Director: Julian Schnabel
Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War.

Director: Je-kyu Kang
Stars: Dong-gun Jang, Bin Won, Eun-ju Lee
Paris, Texas (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Walt picks up his brother, Travis, who's been missing for four years. Then Travis tries to readjust to society and reconnect with his eight-year old son, Hunter, and later with his wife, Jane.

Director: Wim Wenders
Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Wilfredo Arias ...
Himself
Molly Barnes ...
Herself
...
Himself
Andy Behrman ...
Himself
Pope Benedict XVI ...
Himself
Duncan Bindbeutel ...
Himself
Victor Bockris ...
Himself
Mike Cockrill ...
Himself
Jacob Collins ...
Himself
Fabio D'Aroma ...
Himself
Adrian Dannatt ...
Himself
Daze ...
Himself
Alex Dimitrov ...
Himself
Lavinia Fillippi ...
Herself
Heidi Follin ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

A product of post-Warhol commodity-based "business art" Mark Kostabi is one of the world's most divisive and successful living artists, selling over one thousand paintings every year, all of which were conceived of and painted by his employees. Through overt self-interest and lampooning of the art business, Kostabi catapulted to international fame via New York's explosive 1980s Post-Punk / Hip Hop-driven art scene but quickly fell from grace by the 1990's. Although a pariah in the upper-echelons of the A-list art establishment, his employee-centered studio persists and thrives today as he continues to sell paintings to mid-level collectors worldwide. In addition, Kostabi now produces and hosts a strange weekly game show called Title This wherein celebrities, art world luminaries and aging punk rockers compete for money to title "his" paintings. Constantly obsessed with money, fame and spin, Kostabi's critics claim he's either reflecting America's obsessions back on it or is simply a ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

12 November 2010 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(theatrical)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official Selection of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. See more »

Soundtracks

Choke
by Robin Drysdale
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hilarious, stunning and exceptional
7 December 2009 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

Just saw it at Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn and I was stunned. This movie is hilarious in good sense of humor. There are so many funny aspects in it to find out. To find out means - you really have to be a type of person who is able to see funny aspects behind serious talk. For example there is a scene where Kostabi's "childhood neighborhood friend" (now bum-looking fat hairy guy), who remembers Kostabi and describes him as a loser. Another neighbor tells how all neighborhood alienated Kostabi's parents in early 60s because "they were strange, they had no car, dad ride on bicycle to a local groceries and used to play accordion in front of his house on Sundays". The movie is about to explode of all memorable quotes in this movie and you really do not have to be an "art junkie" or somehow connected to "art-world" to enjoy this. Documentary is really well balanced and even thought there is some sadness gathered as well, I consider it a very good comedy at its best.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Song in the trailer/end of film JM2040
Discuss Con Artist (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page