“Boogie Woogie” is a new movie from writer and producer Danny Moynihan which satirises the art world and the rise of the Young British Artists (YBA) movement.
Moynihan was an integral part of the YBA movement which kick started the global contemporary art craze. A former New York and London based art dealer, he entered the industry in the late 70s, becoming a contemporary and close friend to both Larry Gagosian (Gagosian Gallery) and Jay Joplin (White Cube Gallery), two of the key art dealers at the heart of the scene. In the 90s he became one of the first dealers to invest in these young art upstarts, and shared a studio and apartment with Damien Hirst as well as hanging out at champagne and cocaine fueled parties with the likes of Tracey Emin and Gary Hume… however as the excessive hedonism began to take its toll Moyhihan retired from the scene to write his book “Boogie Woogie”.
His movie adaptation, directed by Duncan Ward, focuses on London and the international art scene, casting his critical eye as an insider over the appetites and morality of some of its major players. Dealers, collectors, artists, wannabees vie with each other in a world in which success and downfall rest on a thin edge. It stars an international cast of actors including Heather Graham, Jamie Winston, Gillian Anderson, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Lee, Alan Cumming and Charlotte Rampling as thinly veiled amalgams of real life characters such as Jay Joplin and Tracey Emin.
Of most interest to slamxhype readers though will be the fact that Damien Hirst acted as artistic adviser on the movie, and it features several of his pieces including one of his spin paintings, as well as works by other artists such as Jake and Dinos Chapman.
“Boogie Woogie” hits cinemas in April.