Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – Art Basel Miami Beach

On our last night in Miami Beach we were lucky enough to take in a screening of the rough cut for “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” as part of Art Basel. The completed film will premiere at the end of January 2010 during the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Art Basel Miami Beach - The Colony Theater - 2009
The Colony Theater, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Art Basel Miami Beach, ©2009 by MCH.

The film was scheduled to air at the Oceanfront area but threatening weather moved it inside to the Colony Theater. We had walked more than fifty miles in the past few days and welcomed the opportunity to slip into comfortable theater seats.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Art Basel Miami Beach - Panel Discussion - 2009
Bob Colacello, Tamra Davis, David Koh, Fab Five Freddy and Jeffrey Deitch, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Art Basel Miami Beach, ©2009 by MCH.

The Director, Tamra Davis took part in a panel discussion before the film and fielded questions after. She was joined by Bob Colacello, David Koh, Fab Five Freddy and Jeffrey Deitch. Some interesting personal encounters with Jean-Michel were put forth to a very receptive crowd.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Art Basel Miami Beach - Tamra Davis - 2009
Tamra Davis, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Art Basel Miami Beach, ©2009 by MCH.

The film revolves around an interview and wide range of footage of Basquiat shot by Tamra Davis mainly in New York and California during the 1980’s. When her friend passed away, she put the films in a drawer not wanting to cash in on the tragedy. I am glad that after all of these years she has accepted that her work is of important historical significance and should be shared. Even the rough cut had the audience in a trance. The most accurate depiction of the man to date.

It may be a while before this one reaches a theater near you but it is sure to make a big impact at Sundance.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Art Basel Miami Beach - Fab Five Freddy - 2009
Fab Five Freddy, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Art Basel Miami Beach, ©2009 by MCH.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Screening
4 December 2009
Art Basel Miami Beach



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Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, LookIntoMyOwl.com until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.



2 Responses to Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – Art Basel Miami Beach

  1. Pingback: Fela and Basquiat hit the big screen « Boothism

  2. doghed says:

    wow. you got to listen to bob colacello. i bet he was funny. i loved his book Holy Terror. i really felt like i knew andy after i read that one. cant wait to see this film.

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