Tamra Davis
USA 2010
92 min

In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker “Samo” in the late 70’s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for 200 Dollars, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, soon his cult status began to override the art that had made him famous in the first place.
Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat’s own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man. (Sundance Film Festival)

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat - Jean
  • Kai Eric
  • Rene Ricard
  • Julian Schnabel
  • Larry Gagosian
  • Bruno Bischofberger
  • Tony Shafrazi
  • Fab 5 Freddy
  • Jeffrey Deitch
  • Glenn O’Brien
  • Maripol
  • Nicholas Taylor
  • Fred Hoffmann
  • Michael Holman
  • Diego Cortez
  • Annina Nosei
  • Suzanne Mallouk
  • Kenny Scharf
  • Tamra Davis
  • Tamra Davis
  • Harry Geller
  • David Koh
  • Adam David Sanchez
  • Kevin Wilson
  • Alexis Manya Spraic
  • J. Ralph
  • Mike D.
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