Celebrate Arts Month with Independent Lens’ Television Premiere of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
April is “Arts Month” and Independent Lens (PBS) is celebrating with four very different films focusing on “Marginalized Art.” The first, shown this week, was The Desert of Forbidden Art by Amanda Pope and Tchavcdar Georgiev, a fascinating look at a treasure trove of lost Russian Avant Garde art, hidden in plain view in a museum deep in Uzbekistan
On April 12 at 10:00 p.m. (check local listings), Independent Lens will present the television premiere of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, a film by Tamra Davis chronicling the short life of a talented artist whose success was his downfall. Davis shot an interview with her friend, the revolutionary artist, 25 years ago. That interview is the center of her film (the DVD was released November 9, 2010; click here for my review).
Providing insights and anecdotes are fellow artists, friends, and lovers, including Julian Schnabel, Annina Nosei, Diego Cortez, Jeffrey Deitch, Rene Ricard, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Fab 5 Freddy, Tony Shafrazi, Suzanne Mallouk, and Kenny Scharf. Combining interviews with archival footage, Davis constructed a film that delves deeply into the life and psyche of Basquiat. Davis describes it as “a very personal and intimate portrait of an artist and my friend.”
Independent Lens will premiere Lucy Walker’s Waste Land (nominated for a “Best Documentary” Academy Award) on April 19, and Jeff Malmberg’s Marwencol on April 26.