Monday, July 12, 2010

The Radiant Child

It's both sad and amazing that the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was only 27 when he died of a heroin overdose in 1988. He truly was a talented yet tortured artist who has left us with a beautiful legacy of paintings. His friend Tamra Davis interviewed him in 1986 but the footage remained unseen until now. Her film Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child will open at the Film Forum July 21st and will run through August 3rd. It will also be screened in other cities so be sure to check the screening schedule.

8 comments:

Style Chronicle said...

Have you seen the children's book that combines his paintings with Maya Angelou's poem "Life Doesn't Frighten Me at All"? My children love it!!

Patricia Torres said...

Oh really.. thats sad.. I'll try and catch the film..

the NEO-traditionalist said...

Can't wait to see it! I saw a massive exhibit of his paintings when I lived in Switzerland. His work was so fantastically innovative and fearless...

xx Katie

CB said...

One of my very, very favorites. I still get sad when I think of what we all missed. Thanks for the post about the film -- I will be sure to see it.

jones said...

Yes, he burned too brightly to stay with us for long. Thanks. Mary

kimberj said...

What genius, wish I had a book of his work! I'd never heard of him before. Thanks for sharing, I always learn about such inspiring people in your postings.

CB said...

Actually, on Alibris you can sometimes get a copy of the catalog from a rather big exhibition that was up at the Whitney years ago. (There is a copy available now.) It is wonderful. And strangely enough, this weekend I picked up another book about his work called BASQUIAT: IN WORDS ONLY. Also very cool, although I have not read it entirely just yet. Happy reading! - CB

Richie Designs said...

he is one of my very favorite artists. he and Mark Rothko.

I've been waiting for this film to come to LA!

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