People, Jun. 19, 1995

YES, BUT IS IT FILM?

That wig, those glasses, that cadaverous pallor, it's . it's . DAVID BOWIE. The singer, whose own efforts at painting have not yet been accorded the critical attention Andy Warhol's drew, is playing the pop icon in a film about painter Jean Michel Basquiat, a Warhol protaga. And what an art-ridden affair it is. The film was written and is being directed by painter Julian Schnabel. Art collector DENNIS HOPPER plays collector-dealer Bruno Bischofberger, who marketed Basquiat to the world. Only Jeffrey Wright, who plays Basquiat, has no art-world ties. "This is the first nondocumentary film...

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