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The Grime and the Glamour

‘There’s a deep cultural cache around those precarious years of New York’s squalor and creativity’

In the first of a series of long reads exploring the life, influences and surroundings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, we look at the filmmakers paving the way for a new style of filmmaking in New York.

Christina Newland looks back the scuzzy and blisteringly creative streets of late 1970s and 80s New York City, as seen on the big screen

A repressed Midwestern girl drawn into a seamy life of voyeuristic adult cinema. The failing artist with nothing but a record player, a mattress and a passion for jazz. A legendary cabaret chanteuse, friends with the good and the great. In the wild nights and the city streets, you never know who you might find.

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The Grime and the Glamour: NYC 1976-90 takes place from 29 September—5 October 2017

Basquiat: Boom for Real takes place from 21 September 2017—28 January 2018

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