A star of the fashionably outré '80s New York scene, the Whittier-raised provocateur pushed conceptual art to a new edge, eventually overseeing a stable of assistants who did everything but sign the increasingly kitschy canvases. He made a mint with his Kostabi World art factory, a branding coup if ever there was one, and landed profiles on "60 Minutes" and other mainstream news outlets.
As Kostabi struggles to revive his career (a commission from the Vatican helps) and his love life, he comes across as either uncommonly lacking in social graces or willfully obnoxious. But the camera also sees past, if just barely, the clumsy bravado of a man who insists that "fame is love."
"Con Artist." No MPAA rating. Running time: 1 hour, 24 minutes. At Laemmle's Sunset 5, West Hollywood.