Jean-Michel Basquiat – The Radiant Child – Trailer

During Art Basel Miami Beach we caught a screening of the rough cut for this remarkable film (covered here). Since then, director Tamra Davis and crew have shown the finished piece at the Sundance Film Festival.

Jean-Michel Basquiat - The Radiant Child - 2010
Tamra Davis, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, still from video, 2010.

Big fans of Basquiat will leave theaters with the feeling of seeing an old friend after a long time apart. Artists will have difficulty calming the immediate desire to paint.

Jean-Michel Basquiat - The Radiant Child - 2010
Tamra Davis, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, still from video, 2010.

It seems that since our viewing the legendary Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond have been brought in to handle the music. Nice. No news on a release date yet but I will keep you updated as more information is made available. In the meantime, check out the trailer below. Thanks to doghed for the link.


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4 Responses to Jean-Michel Basquiat – The Radiant Child – Trailer

  1. donald perry says:

    Thanks for the post. The one man that i really missed… My long lost brother and we never meet… Memories that never happened except inside the artist head.

  2. Donald Frazell says:

    Saw his retrospective, he was at best what a MFA student should be, some of his last paintings had some idea of how to use form color and line structurally, and musically, but at best but a talented student.

    And you are playing Dizzy’s music from a great concert thirty years before, and this Child, make no mistake he was a spoliled and decadent one, couldnt hold a candle to it. Bird and Coltrane were the Picassos of our time and country, Miles Davis the Matisse, yet are ignored in the contempt art worlds lily white and self absorbed soul.

    Basquiat is but a token, certainly does not reflect the world of African Americans taken into human wholeness, that would be Romare Bearden and Charles Alston and others. He simply was used to make white kids feel better about themselvs, a marketing ploy. OK stuff, but thats about it, his avoiding the academic art world his only saving grace.

    He aint no Anselm Kiefer, thats for sure. Kids stuff hanging with decadent folks at Warhols marketing machine, which had no art. Basquiat at least did have the beginnings of true creative art to him, which was so rare it got the attention of the effette, but was truly very undeveloped. And pretty much hit his ceiling. overrated, but things are so bad now, I guess anything will do.

    art collegia delenda est

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  4. Ian Gamache says:

    Thanx for the post.
    Great Trailer.

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