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IJean-Michel Basquiat: The Ra­di­ant Child, rock-star-artist bio, un­rated, CCA Cine­math­eque, 3 chiles Jean-Michel Basquiat was 1980s New York. He palled around with Andy Warhol and dated Madonna, pre-“Hol­i­day.” Blend­ing sub­way graf­fiti with down­town ex­pres­sion­ism, his sur­real col­lages of pop cul­ture and epic African Amer­i­can his­tory won over crit­ics and CBGB club kids alike. He went club­bing with Fab Five Freddy, boxed Ju­lian Schn­abel, and played in a punk band with Vin­cent Gallo. He was an es­sen­tially home­less 18-year-old who crashed on ten­e­ment couches. He was a 25-year-old mil­lion­aire who wore Ar­mani suits flip­pantly splotched with paint. As one of his friends says in the new doc­u­men­tary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Ra­di­ant Child, “he was a star even when he was broke.”

In the film, di­rec­tor Tamra Davis peers be­hind Basquiat’s cau­tion­ary tale of art-world glam­our and tragic early death to paint a por­trait of her friend that is warmly in­ti­mate and hu­man. The film is based on a rare and free­wheel­ing in­ter­view that Davis

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