Film: “Jean-Michel Basquiat ou la rage créative”


[Many thanks to AICA Caraïbe du Sud for bringing this item to our attention.] David Shulman’s documentary Basquiat: Rage to Riches (United Kingdom, 2017) [translated into French as Jean-Michel Basquiat, la rage créative] will be televised on French television on February 25, 2018 (5:35pm), March 4, 2018 (3:00); and March, 2018 (6:30). Cinéma TV writes:

At age 20, the artist, the son of a Haitian émigré and a Puerto Rican woman, found his style: raging and poetic inscriptions in capital letters, primary colors, child-men with skeleton masks. Following the upsurge of the neo-expressionist movement, his rise is dazzling. The 1980s are expensive: his works are snapped up. In 1985, he was the first black artist to make the cover of The New York Times. Caught up by the New York artistic elite after his meeting with Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat dissolves into heroin and champagne. He died at 27, in bed, of an overdose. In the bathroom, above empty syringes, a window smashed by a fist is covered with graffiti: a broken heart with his fetish signature, a copyright sign. The Louis-Vuitton Foundation will dedicate a retrospective in October 2018.


Description: The recent Sotheby’s auction of a Jean-Michel Basquiat skull painting for over a hundred million dollars has catapulted this Brooklyn-born artist into the top tier of the international art market, joining the ranks of Picasso, de Kooning and Francis Bacon. This film tells Jean-Michel’s story through exclusive interviews with his two sisters Lisane and Jeanine, who have never before agreed to be interviewed for a TV documentary. With striking candour, Basquiat’s art dealers – including Larry Gagosian, Mary Boone and Bruno Bischofberger – as well as his most intimate friends, lovers and fellow artists, expose the cash, the drugs and the pernicious racism which Basquiat confronted on a daily basis. As historical tableaux, visual diaries of defiance or surfaces covered with hidden meanings, Basquiat’s art remains the beating heart of this story.

For full article (in French), see

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