Monday, August 23, 2010

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

I saw the new Tamra Davis documentary, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at the Nuart theater in Los Angeles last night. It was fabulous from frame one.

It goes through the life of Basquiat via the lens and brain of friend, Tamra Davis. There are interviews with Erika Bell (one of the first to fly up on the screen), Maripol, Fab
5 Freddy, Glenn O'Brien, Kenny Scharf and a slew of others. Frequent Madonna references in the film, including photographs of Madonna and Basquiat together and many Maripol polaroids.

From Basquiat's relationship with his mother and father to Andy Warhol to his creative soul - it's a captivating documentary that takes the viewer through the long gone, funk hole glamorous, pre-gentrified New York City. The world many early fans romanticized and fell in love with. Archival footage of the seedy city and the artists it gave birth to. You really get a sense of the real world from which Madonna emerged from, a world that no longer exists. A must see for a real Madonna fan.

Great soundtrack by Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz, the filmmakers husband.

Click HERE for the official Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child film website. The film plays for one week at the Nuart theater in Los Angeles.


  1. great post, pud. i saw this at a film festival a few weeks ago and was similarly blown-away. i'd been anticipating the screening for months and months. it moved me. he was such a mysterious character and i was glad i got to learn a little bit more about him. i have a lot of sympathy and empathy for him (he and i share the same sun/moon combination, funnily enough). also loved the madonna references. got goosebumps as soon as that first maripol polaroid was displayed.

  2. it was great, wasnt it, evry? i love that you have the same sun/moon combo but beware!!! haha! omg, i loved all the pictures and polaroids and erika bell!!! xoxoox

  3. thanks for posting this. i'm surprised, it will be playing in my area next month. i'll have to make a note to go see this. thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  4. my pleasure, david. a must see! puts many things into perspective. the world in which she comes from. xo

  5. Not a fan of basquiat's work but love the whole early 80s new york art scene.

  6. nah, nothing to worry about pud. im in good company... michelle obama and martin luther (ok, and elvis presley) share the same combo too. i promise to stay away from peanut butter/banana/bacon sandwiches =P x