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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child


Jean-Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child

This is a song for the genius child.
Sing it softly, for the song is wild.
Sing it softly as ever you can –
Lest the song get out of hand.

Nobody loves a genius child.

Can you love an eagle,
Tame or wild?
Can you love an eagle,
Wild or tame?
Can you love a monster
Of frightening name?

Nobody loves a genius child.

Kill him – and let his soul run wild.

A poem by Langston Hughes in the opening credits in the clip below.

Jean-Michel Basquiat or SAMO was many things. First known for graffiti in the late ’70s, this “genius child” and artist of inspiration, produced Neo-Expressionist paintings in the 80’s. He quickly became an international art star but just as quickly lost his life.

Jean-Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Jean-Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child

With never-before-seen footage of the artist being interviewed by friends, graphics by Studio No.1 (where Shepard Fairey is Creative Director) and Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock & Mike Diamond aka Mike D—or 2/3 of the Beastie Boys—on original soundtrack, we can look forward to seeing a solid full-length documentary on The Radiant Child.

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5 Responses to “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I can’t wait to see it! ♥

  2. Simon says:

    If you dig the title sequence, check out http://www.studionumberone.com for more from the team behind it.

  3. Ana Ana says:

    I actually got to see the unfinished product at a preview during Art Basel in Miami. It was amazing and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  4. Randi Hernandez Randi says:

    Does anyone else think Kid Cudi looks a little like Basquiat or am I buggin’?

  5. Lisa says:

    No Randi I was saying that the whole time I was watching it. I had to find out if they were related. They’re not lol.

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