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