Last night I watched Jean-Michel Basquiat : The Radiant Child, and I am still not sure what I want to say about it. So this will take shape as I write. While I have been relatively familiar with Basquiat’s work for a number of years, I was not particularly familiar with “his story”, with his startling youth and genius. I find his work remarkable. When I juxtapose the brilliance and depth of it with the youth of its maker, I am blown away. The breadth of information and understanding of this young man is really remarkable. And he was a complete autodidact. He absorbed knowledge, processed it artistically and created these astounding works that are beautiful, frightening, unfathomable. That he lacked a real support system to deal with his sudden fame, that his genius made for such a sensitive soul, that he died so, so young is heartbreaking. He created so much in such a brief period of time. Would love to have the opportunity to one day stand before one of his paintings. Wow.
This film is available to stream online through several sites. I ended up using Amazon as the streaming quality was better. Oh! And the soundtrack! Incredible. Left my whole body humming.