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1 hr. 33 min.

Plot Summary
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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Director: Tamra Davis

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Arthouse Films

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Release Date: July 21st, 2010|1 hr. 33 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    People who have seen fellow painter Julian Schnabel's "Basquiat" - with its star-making portrayal by Jeffrey Wright - may reasonably trust its truth as a tribute over Davis' ostensibly more factual exercise. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Davis does the most thorough job of capturing Basquiat, man, artist, and life force. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It doesn't dip much below the surface, but Tamra Davis' biography of her friend Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died in 1988, offers an informative introduction to one of contemporary art's most complex figures. show more

  • August 22, 2010 jimni44
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    I saw this documentary tonight and my comments are more about his so-called art than about the film. To call Jean-Michel Basquiat an artist is laughable. As was brought out in the film, he met Andy Warhol, who was indeed a great artist. Warhol's interest in Jean-Michel was sexual desire more than anything else as Warhol was a homosexual and Jean-Michel was an attractive young man. The film is quite entertaining, but I left the theater wondering how in the world anyone could possibly consider that crap Jean-Michel Basquiat smeared on canvas is in an shape or form art. It looks like something a primative child would paint.

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