Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, an Arthouse Films release 2010. Photo courtesy of Benno Friedman / Corbis Outline.NEW YORK, NY.- Film Forum will present the U.S. theatrical premiere of JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD, opening Wednesday, July 21. Filmmaker Tamra Davis charts the meteoric rise and fall of her late friend, the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, born in 1960. In the crime-ridden New York City of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and, tragically, he dies of an overdose in 1988. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars. With compassion and insight, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, a painter of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody. Combining never-before-seen interview footage of Basquiat with commentary from friends and art-world luminaries, the film offers a moving portrait of one of the leading lights of late 20th century art. JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD will have a 2-week engagement July 21 – August 3 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (W. of 6th Av.) with screenings daily at 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00. JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD (2010, 90 mins.) Written and directed by Tamra Davis. Produced by Tamra Davis, David Koh, Lilly Bright, Stanley Buchthal and Alexis Manya Spraic. Cinematographers: Tamra Davis, David Koh and Harry Geller. Editor: Alexis Manya Spraic. Music: J. Ralph, Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond. With: Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi, Diego Cortez, Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Glenn O’Brien, Hilton Kramer, Andy Warhol, among others. USA/Germany. An Arthouse Films release.
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A woman passes by the artworks of Jean-Michel Basquiat titled “La Hara” (1981, acrylic and oilstick on wood), “Untitled” (1982, acrylic, oilstick and spray paint on wood) an “Irony of Negro Policeman” (1981, acrylic, oilstick and spray paint on wood), from left, in the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland, Friday, May 7, 2010. The exhibition with the artwork of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) can be seen from May 9 until Sept. 5, 2010. AP Photo/Keystone/Georgios Kefalas.
A visitor admires the artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat titled “Undiscovered Genius of the Mississippi Delta” (1983, acrylic, oilstick and collage on canvas, five panels) AP Photo/Keystone/Georgios Kefalas.
BASEL.- Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 –1988) was one of the most fascinating and controversial personalities in the art world. After starting on the New York underground scene as a graffiti sprayer, musician and actor, he began to devote himself to painting at nineteen. His highly expressive, energetic work soon found wide admiration. Supported by Andy Warhol, he advanced to become an internationally acclaimed star. He was the youngest Documenta participant ever, and exhibited at Art Basel, the Venice Biennale, and various famous galleries. The son of immigrants from the Caribbean, Basquiat became the first black artist to make a highlevel breakthrough. He collaborated with Keith Haring, Francisco Clemente, Debbie Harry, and many other stars. In the space of only eight years, he created an extensive oeuvre of about 1000 paintings and 2000 drawings before his tragic death at the age of only twenty-seven.To mark his fiftieth birthday, the Fondation Beyeler is devoting a large retrospective to Jean-Michel Basquiat, comprising more than 100 paintings, works on paper, and objects from renowned museums and private collections around the world. His works, populated by comic-like figures, skeletal silhouettes, curious everyday objects, and poetic slogans, are highly colorful and powerful. They blend pop culture and cultural history into critical and ironic commentaries on consumer society and social injustice. The exhibition brings together many of Basquiat’s major works and illustrates the development of this legendary art scene star. Renowned museums, galleries and especially private collections in Europe and America have contributed to the success of our undertaking by generous provision of loans. These include The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, The Brant Foundation, the Daros Collection, Switzerland, The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, New York, the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création, the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, the Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, the Gagosian Gallery, the Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, Lio Malca, New York, Fred Hoffman Fine Art, Enrico Navarra, The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Collection, the Mugrabi Collection, Irma and Norman Braman, Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann, Laurence Graff as well as John McEnroe. The exhibition was conceived by the Fondation Beyeler in collaboration with the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, where it will be on view from October 15, 2010 to January 30, 2011.
Trailer for the new documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.Directed by Tamra Davis, the documentary features never-before seen footage of the prolific artist painting, talking about his art, and existing in the two years prior to his death in 1988. The OST features music from Mike D and Ad Rock. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child was released on Feb 21st.
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