Film of 2010, Part 2—Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant ChildJuxtapoz // Friday, 31 Dec 2010
Tamara Davis' Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, with great interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Julian Schnabel, and other pivotal art figures of NYC in the 1980s, is being hailed as the definitive Basquiat documentary, and to us was our favorite art film of 2010. It presented Basquiat as a larger than life artist, but also as just a man inside the legend.
Although the interviews with friends and art curators that Basquiat spent time with are very intriguing, it is the parts of Radiant Child with Basquiat himself (in which Davis had filmed throughout her friendship with the artist) that really make this film a major piece of art history. Another Sundance success story, Davis did her friend the ultimate justice by honoring him with a timeless portrait.