Saturday Basquiat: Rage To Riches 9pm, BBC Two
THE ingenuous, short-lived graffiti king of New York’s 1980s Downtown art scene, it has been 29 years since Julian Basquiat died from a drug overdose. By the time of his death, with the aid of influential boosters, he had become a star, but it’s hard to imagine he could ever have predicted the kind of prices his works would one day attract – this year, one of his 1982 Skull paintings sold at Sotheby’s for $110,500,000, a new record for an American artist. This profile draws a portrait of the painter as a young man, a handsome and charismatic presence, yet also a fragile personality, who grew up surrounded by racism, plunged himself into the funky punk and hip-hop cultures of his city as the 1980s dawned, and then was propelled into a different world of cash, celebrity and drugs. Basquiat’s two sisters, Lisane and Jeanine, who have never before talked about their brother for a TV documentary, contribute interviews, alongside friends, lovers and fellow artists.