Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

The Radiant Child

DVD - 2010
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In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom.
Published: [New York] : Distributed by New Video, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen format.
ISBN: 9781422988220
1422988228
Branch Call Number: DVD 759.13 JEA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) :,sd., col. and b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Davis, Tamra
Koh, David

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Derringer
Feb 24, 2019

This "Radiant Child" documentary is clearly a very biased production as its producers were all close and chummy associates of American graffiti artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.

IMO - Basquiat's talent as a gifted artist (with vast potential) was marginal, at best. After viewing numerous examples of his work in this production - I would actually go so far as to say that Basquiat was, basically, without talent and his artistic insight was atrociously counterfeit.

But, with that said - There's certainly many others out there who believe quite the contrary about Basquiat's output. For example - In 2017, at a Sotheby auction - Basquiat's untitled painting depicting a skull sold for a whopping $110.5 million.

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ManMachine
Feb 10, 2019

If you are at all curios to find out more about how utterly counterfeit and transient the "Pop Art" movement was back in the mid-20th century - Then - This decidedly biased "Radiant Child" bio-documentary should certainly prove to be of some interest to you.

Just like Andy Warhol - I seriously consider Jean-Michel Basquiat to be an absolute fraud as an "artist". And, with that said - He doesn't deserve the recognition that he got for his frivolous work (which I think is nothing but an eyesore).

Born (1960) in NYC - Basquiat rose from being a homeless beggar at 16 to selling single paintings for up to $25,000 in a matter of just a few years.

But, alas - Basquiat's success in the art world was just a flash-in-the-pan, and, in 1988, he died at age 27 from a heroin overdose.

LPL_MeredithW Jul 21, 2018

A fascinating, if overly worshipful, exploration of the life and art of my favorite artist. I recently got to see one of his works in person - the first time I'd been so fortunate - and I may have teared up a bit. If you're unfamiliar with his work, this is a good overview; if you're a devoted fan, it's worth watching for the previously unreleased video footage of Basquiat discussing his work with a friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis.

Marlene_14 Apr 13, 2016

it was inspiring

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Marzipan50
Feb 20, 2016

A Talented Guy that gets caught up in some bad choices of life.

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1aa
Jan 16, 2016

A lengthy advertisement for a mix of clown and charlatan who played the New York art world like a fiddle. But the film had a good pace, narrative arc, and was entertaining.

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geomillar
Nov 20, 2012

It opened my eyes to what goes on behind Modern Art.

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VRMurphy
Jan 12, 2012

A good overview, but made by friends so not particularly balanced.

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CalicoJack
Mar 25, 2011

Required viewing for culture vultures about the brilliant but short-lived wild child of late-20th-century American graffiti art, Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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