Jean-Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child


Friday, January 17, 2014
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200 and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, soon his cult status began to override the art that had made him famous in the first place. Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary, but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat’s own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man. Featuring interviews with Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi, Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Glenn O’Brien, Maripol, Kai Eric, Nicholas Taylor, Fred Hoffmann, Michael Holman, Diego Cortez, Annina Nosei, Suzanne Mallouk, and Rene Ricard, among many others.

Starring: Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian
Directed by: Tamra Davis
Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes

Curated by: Arlé Sklar-Weinstein for Blue Door Cinema
Doors open at 6:30 Screening at 7:00
Light refreshments
Suggested BDAC donation $5

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Blue Door Gallery
13 Riverdale Avenue
Yonkers, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Friday, January 17, 2014
Times: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Presenter: Blue Door Cinema
Presenter Phone: 914-375-5100
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