Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Meet the Cast of FX's 'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson' (First-Look Images) Meet the Cast of FX's 'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson' (First-Look Images) Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in June Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in June Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Watch a Clip From Ethiopia's First-Ever Cannes "Official Selection" - Coming-of-Age Drama 'Lamb' Watch a Clip From Ethiopia's First-Ever Cannes "Official Selection" - Coming-of-Age Drama 'Lamb' Watch Grace Jones’ “Banned” Citroën CX TV Commercial Watch Grace Jones’ “Banned” Citroën CX TV Commercial David Oyelowo on the Craft of Acting & Advice for Young Actors David Oyelowo on the Craft of Acting & Advice for Young Actors BET Adds 2 New Original Movies + New Series, and More to Its Summer Lineup BET Adds 2 New Original Movies + New Series, and More to Its Summer Lineup Official First Look Images from Detroit-Set indie drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ Official First Look Images from Detroit-Set indie drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ Morgan Freeman's Bass Reeves Project Finally Gets a Lift, Thanks to HBO Morgan Freeman's Bass Reeves Project Finally Gets a Lift, Thanks to HBO First Look at CBS' 'Rush Hour' Series + Official Synopsis First Look at CBS' 'Rush Hour' Series + Official Synopsis What Did You Think of 'Bessie' After Last Night's Premiere? What Did You Think of 'Bessie' After Last Night's Premiere? Spike Lee Finally Breaks Silence on 'Chiraq' - "Everything I've Done Has Led Up to This Film" Spike Lee Finally Breaks Silence on 'Chiraq' - "Everything I've Done Has Led Up to This Film" New York Women in Film & Television Now Accepting Applications for Its Four 2015 Funds for Women Filmmakers New York Women in Film & Television Now Accepting Applications for Its Four 2015 Funds for Women Filmmakers 'Chocolate City' Finally Gets a Trailer + Release Date Set (Might It Steal Some of 'Magic Mike's' Summer Thunder?) 'Chocolate City' Finally Gets a Trailer + Release Date Set (Might It Steal Some of 'Magic Mike's' Summer Thunder?) Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Jean-Michel Basquiat Died Today. Watch 'The Radiant Child' & 'Basquiat' - Both Streaming, Now

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 12, 2013 at 2:48PM

Today in history, August 12, 1988, Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at his art studio in New York City. He was just 27 years old.
5
Basquiat

Today in history, August 12, 1988, Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at his art studio in New York City. He was just 27 years old.

Basquiat's life unfolds on screen in 2 films of note: most recently, director Tamra Davis' 2009 documentary, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, which, in short, follows a rare interview that Davis shot with Basquiat 20+ years ago, chronicling the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist.

In New York City of the 1970s, he covered the city streets with his graffiti tag 'SAMO.' 

In 1981 he put paint on canvas for the first time.

And by 1983 he had become an artist with "rock star status," achieving critical and commercial success, though constantly confronted by racism from his peers.

In 1985, he and Andy Warhol became close friends and painting collaborators, but they parted ways and Warhol died suddenly in 1987. 

Basquiat's heroin addiction worsened, and he died of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. 

At the height of his very short, blistering career, he was 25 years old, and today his canvases sell for millions of dollars.

Davis' film intimately details the life of the young charismatic Basquiat, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the roller-coaster quality of the downtown art scene he seemed to embody.

Featuring interviews with Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi, Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Glenn O'Brien, Michael Holman, Diego Cortez, Annina Nosei, Kenny Scharf, among many others.

The film is currently streaming on Netflix, so you're just a few clicks away from watching it for the first time (if you haven't already seen it), or watching it again (if you have).

Prior to Davis' documentary was Jeffrey Wright's gutsy turn as Jean-Michel Basquiat, in a scripted feature film titled Basquiat, directed by Julian Schnabel, the notoriously prickly artist, with a cast that also included Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, and David Bowie

Wright said that he had to take up painting and shed 30 pounds to play Basquiat in the film. 

The film went on to gross just over $3 million in theaters and received generally favorable reviews, with a 70% "fresh" rating at review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

And by the way, it's also streaming on Netflix currently, so a double-dose of Basquiat on screen, to celebrate his life and death - one fictionalized, the other non-fiction.

Both films are also available on Hulu, so you can watch them there for free (with commercials of course). I embedded the Hulu player for Radiant Child below:

This article is related to: Jeffrey Wright, Julian Schnabel, Tamra Davis, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child


Shadow & ActNewsletter