By Tamra DAVIS

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Documentary - Completed 2009

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend Jean-Michel Basquiat in this definitive documentary which features the body of his work, interviews with Julian Schnabel and Larry Gagosian among many, and a rare interview with the filmmaker that he gave shortly before his untimely death.

& Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2010
U.S. Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tamra DAVIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Tamra DAVIS, David KOH, Lilly BRIGHT, Stanley BUCHTHAL, Alexis Manya SPRAIC
    • Synopsis
    • JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD is the first feature length documentary biography of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Considered one of the greatest American painters in the last half of the 20th Century and one of the greatest African American artists of all time, his work continues to be revered by art connoisseurs and the public alike. During his short but prolific career, Basquiat became notorious for his graffiti art and the political and racial overtones of his work among many things. His unexpected death came at the early age of 27, but the legacy of his creative energy has persevered as an influential force in the art world. By juxtaposing a rare interview with Basquiat – made with the filmmaker shortly before his death – and his body of work, Tamra Davis celebrates the life of Basquiat as the cultural icon, the conflicted artist and the nonconformist man that he was.