Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

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Jean Michel Basquiat was one of the most influential artists of his generation. Born in Brooklyn, New York to Afro-Caribbean parents, Basquiat’s work was perceptive and critical of the racial inequalities of society, which he saw as reflected within the art world. Though only 27 when he died, he left behind a legacy that would go on to influence the burgeoning hip hop movement of the time as well as future alternative cultures to come. The documentary below – produced some 20 years after his death – is a beautiful introduction to the man himself as well as his work and the impact it would have on the art industry. Furthermore, and most importantly, the film illustrates to us how Basquiat continues to inspire young, creative and innovative minds today.

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