DOC. Recommendation / Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

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Jean-Michel Basquiat 

Basquiat (American, 1960–1988), one of the first African-American artists to reach international stature and wealth
in the art world, had a short but prolific career, rising to fame early for his fusion of multicultural symbols, biting
social commentary, distinctive graphic style, and often temperamental personality. He was a pop icon, cultural
figure, graffiti artist, musician, and neo-expressionist painter.

He delved into the urban 1980s avant-garde culture of New York City, creating wildly expressive paintings, which
earned him considerable acclaim by 1982. Basquiat combined African, Aztec, Hispanic, and ancient Roman and Greek
imagery with his own invented iconography and graphic mark. Ever conscious of his identity as an African-American
in the art world, Basquiat’s work was rife with imagery commenting on race relations in America.

He died of a drug overdose in 1988, ending a brief but brilliant and unique career.

I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.
(Jean-Michel Basquiat)

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a 2010 documentary film about Jean-Michel Basquiat.
It is based on footage which director Tamra Davis took when they met in 1985.

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