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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Tamra Davis delves into the life of the artist whose status as a cult figure began to overshadow his neoexpressionist output, and whose friendship with Andy Warhol cemented his role in pop-culture history. In the late '70s, a Lower East Side graffiti artist who signed his work "Samo" emerged the darling of the New York art scene. Samo's real name was Jean-Michel Basquiat, and in just a few short years, Basquiat would be an internationally celebrated artist. But being a black artist in the 1970s wasn't all fun and fame; despite all of his success, Basquiat found intolerance and misconceptions dogging him at every turn. In this film, Basquiat's friend Davis uses her talents as a filmmaker to offer a better look at both the man and the iconoclast.
  • Critic Reviews
    "Davis was friends with Basquiat, and brings in some never-before-seen interview footage throughout the film..." -- Grade: B+
    A.V. Club

    3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fine, visually handsome biographical documentary....Davis does a heroic job of bringing th edgy and diffuse mixed-media New York art scene of the '80s back to life..."
    Box Office

    "It places Basquiat's art in a cultural context with an enthusiasm and zest that make the many pictures shown come blazingly alive."
    New York Times

    "JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD is a remarkably rich documentary possessing depth, range, insight and compassion."
    Los Angeles Times

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