What: Vivant Art Gallery and Reelblack Present JEAN MICHEL-BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD Screening and Discussion

Where: Vivant Art Gallery 60 North 2nd Street (between Arch and Market Streets) Philadelphia, PA 19106 (310) 612-4636

When: Thursday May 26, 2011 6pm-9pm

Cost: Suggested donation $8.00

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film and Vivant Art Gallery are teaming to curate a unique series of film and discussion about art and artists. Last year’s Sundance hit, JEAN MICHEL BASQUAIT: THE RADIANT CHILD (2010/ dir. Tamra Davis/ 88 minutes) is the first in the series.

Centered on a rare 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 the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” He achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. The artist 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.

Reception begins at 6pm with screening at 7pm. Discussion to follow. DVD of Julian Schnabel’s BASQUIAT to be awarded to one lucky attendee. For more information, Please contact Florcy Morisset at (310) 612-4636 or visit or


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