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The Radiant Child on the radiant silver screen at the Capitol

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
The Capitol Theatre
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.


Centered on a rare interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot with Basquiat over 20 years ago, this definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist.


In the crime-ridden New York City of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.”

He achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers.
In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987.

Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than $1 million.


With compassion and psychological insight, Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.


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, Rene Ricard, Kenny Scharf, among many others.
Running time:

94 minutes. Rating: PG.
Tickets: members, $8.50; non-members, $10; one-year membership, $5.