The Radiant Child is an Arthouse Film to Watch

Jean-Michel Basquiat Christian Lovera

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Director Tamra Davis gives us a first-hand look at the story of one of New York’s most talented and unknown artistsJean-Michel Basquiat.

About Basquiat, The Artist

Basquiat was born in New York City on December 22, 1960. He started his artistic career at the age of 15 as a graffiti spray painter using the tag SAMO. It was created by Basquiat and fellow artist and friend, Al Diaz. 
The juncture started off as a teenage spray session of some sort but it then progressed to the point where their illustrations were all over downtown New York and even The Soho News made an article about SAMO and the impact that it was having in the community in the graffiti scene of the mid and late 70’s.

About Radiant Child, The Movie

 The film takes us through various periods of Basquiat’s life; his childhood, adolescence and his rise to stardom.  Davis puts a particular view on Basquiat’s fight with his personal demons, we can take a lot from insider interviews and archived footage or recordings but the fact of the matter is that the best way to understand what was going on with him can only be learned by Basquiat himself.
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Radiant Child, Jean-Michel Basquiat

We will see how he became friend with TV host Glenn O’Brien after the two met on the set of TV Party. We also have a look at the importance of music in his life and how he started his noise rock band  “Gray”,  the band had a small piece in the soundtrack of the 1980 independent film called “Downtown 81″, film in which Basquiat also starred in.

Basquiat Work

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Jean-Michel Basquiat Works

Basquiat rose to stardom in 1981 after he joined the Annina Rosei gallery, he showed the world his first solo work and left everybody in awe of his talent, after that he was known by everybody in the art community but also in the fashion and show business. Basquiat became friends with some very important people like:

  • Andy Warhol,
  • David Bowie,
  • and Robert Rauschenberg.
All of these people were not only his friends but they influenced him greatly in his career and even collaborated with him in some of his work.
Director Davis will also go through the rough times he endured after he became a top name in the art scene in the 1980’s, especially in the U.S.
 Jean-Michel Basquiat is still a huge reference to many artists, singers and above all African Americans, his struggles with racism are well known and some even portrayed in some of his work.
This is a very unique insight to this man’s life and director Tamra Davis does a fantastic job in how she pays homage to her friend  in “The radiant child“.