Forever remembered as one of the art worldâ€™s brightestâ€”and fastest burningâ€”stars, Jean-Michel Basquiat has been immortalised in a short film by directorÂ Tamra Davis, whoÂ was one of only few to document the artist during his lifetime.
DavisÂ went on to developÂ the short into a feature-length documentary with Arthouse Films, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, seeking out Basquiatâ€™s contemporaries, friends and admirers, from his longtime girlfriend Suzanne Mallouk to artist Julian Schnabel and early hip-hop maestro Fab Five Freddy. T
he film documents Basquiat’s transformation from slouching street kid into international art world darling,Â accompanied by graphic animations by artist Shepard Fairey and a soundtrack from Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond and Manhattan-based composer J. Ralph.
This clip is an exclusive preview of the film, which in association with NOWNESS, just had its New York premiere at MoMAÂ during the Tribeca Film Festival.Â
The clip can be seen here: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Click hereÂ for the original NOWNESS blog post.