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just finished watching jean-michel basquiat: the radiant child.  i knew a little bit about basquiat’s story and work coming into it but the film filled in the gaps.  it chronicles his rise from a homeless graffiti artist in 1970s new york to one of top painters in the world, covering his struggles with racism (in general but also specific to the art world) and fame, his relationship with andy warhol, and his entry into the infamous “27 club.”

some people say that basquiat was the greatest artist of his generation.  others say his art was just weird and he’s only kim kardashian famous for being famous.  watch the full documentary above (via openculture) and decide for yourself.


video: basquiat documentary

08/07/12 , , , ,

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