Jean-Michel Basquiat, a radiant child


Jean-Michel Basquiat was an art world phenomenon. He only had a professional career that lasted nine years, but in that time he managed to make himself one of the most significant painters of the 20th century.

Cadillac Moon (1981, coll. part.)

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Six Crimee (1982, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art)

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Baptism (1982, coll. part.)

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (DVD, release date: November 9) begins with the words of this seemingly prophetic poem by Langston Hughes.

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

This is the most accurate writing piece on this magnificent artist influenced by Picasso, Warhol, and DaVinci, who starting out as a graffiti artist then involved in the Neo-Expressionist movement.

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