ROCKLAND¬† – As part of the First Friday Art Night in Rockland on August 6, The Strand Theatre will present a special one-night-only screening of the brand new documentary film Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. Special guest Michael K. Komanecky, Chief Curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum, will introduce the film followed by a brief Q&A. Local galleries will be open from 5:00-8:00 pm, many with receptions and opening shows. The film screening of Basquiat: The Radiant Child begins at 8pm. For more information, call the Strand at 594-0070, or go online to www.rocklandstrand.com. Tickets $8.50 all seats, available at the door the day of the show only.
This critically acclaimed new film (not to be confused with older films about Basquiat), takes an intimate look at one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. It was honored as an Official Selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and has recently opened nationwide.
The film is centered on a rare and, until now, unreleased interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot with Basquiat over twenty years ago. This definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist. In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, soon his cult status began to override the art that had made him famous in the first place. He was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars. With compassion and psychological insight, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.
Featuring interviews with Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi, Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Glenn O’Brien, Maripol, Kai Eric, Nicholas Taylor, Fred Hoffmann, Michael Holman, Diego Cortez, Annina Nosei, Suzanne Mallouk, Rene Ricard, Kenny Scharf, among many others.
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