Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child 2010

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

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A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat's friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how he dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores Basquiat's rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame.

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David Koh
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J. Ralph
Original Music
Tamra Davis
Cinematographer
David Koh
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Harry Geller
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  • Tamra Davis's documentary does serve as a worthy companion to Julian Schnabel's 1996 biopic.

    October 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A touching portrait that may not be the last word on the painter, but has facts and context to burn.

    September 16, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The intimate, home video footage -- which has never been shown -- feels poignant, a throwback to Basquiat's early days on the New York scene when he got by on his good looks, an elusive inner confidence, and the generosity of others.

    September 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Davis] underplays the place of drugs in the downtown club scene, treating the artist's heroin use as a nearly unaccountable late affliction.

    September 2, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • While it is wonderful to see so many Basquiat paintings, at the film's end the viewer is left feeling complicit in the exploitation.

    August 20, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a remarkably rich documentary possessing depth, range, insight and compassion.

    August 19, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 18, 2011
    Up until now, I knew little about Jean-Michel Basquiat, even though I remember the biopic which had been made about his life and have not seen.(That having been said, David Bowie as Andy Warhol? Really?) That all changes with Tamra Davis' fascinating documentary "The Radiant Child" wherein she adds interview footage she had shot of Basquiat to more recent footage of friends and lovers talking about his life and work. So, not only does a personal portrait form but also an artistic one of a street artist once referred to Sam-O with a wordy style that never quite fades. He is noticed and given and takes full opportunity of a chance to create more permanent artwork with influences from a medical textbook, pop culture and William Burroughs which formed paintings that would become very popular, influential and expensive. The documentary starts around 1980 in New York City at a time of cheap rents that benefited the art scene where anybody could have his artwork displayed that makes Basquiat's rise possible, followed by a complete reversal to a top down art world that ends up destroying him.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2010
    A vibrant, lively documentary about the life and tragic death of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti artist turned art world sensation who hobnobbed with the likes of Andy Warhol and Julian Schnabel before his early death. An energetic work of art all its own using private video tapes recorded by the film's director, Tamra Davis, who was a close personal friend, "Jean-Michel Basquiat" may not shed any more light on who he was, but it is a fascinating portrait of an enigmatic man. And I think that's just how Basquiat would have wanted it.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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