Sun 19th May


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Warhol, Madonna, Bowie and Jarmusch worshipped Jean-Michel Basquiat. His works are displayed in the world's biggest museums, they are sold for millions of dollars at the most prestigious auctions. In 2017 the Barbican Center will host a Basquiat retrospective of unbelievable scope.

Basquiat is an artist whose life was followed worldwide, from a meteoric rise to fame until its tragic end. The recurrent themes of his work were racism, identity, pop and urban culture.

Deeper Into Movies presents two screenings... The Radiant Child A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat's friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how he dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores Basquiat's rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame.

A rare screening of Downtown 81 (1981) is an experimental film directed by Edo Bertoglio and written by Glenn O'Brien. Bertoglio is a Swiss photographer and film-maker who was a regular contributor to Italian Vogue and Interview magazine during the Andy Warhol era. Glenn O'Brien is an American journalist, art critic, and a member of Warhol's Factory. The film was shot in 1981 but the public first saw it in 2000 when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It is an insightful portrait of an aspiring artist and a precise snapshot of New York at the time of no wave, post-punk and nascent hip hop culture. Basquiat, nineteen years old at the time of filming, plays himself. He wanders around empty streets of Manhattan in search of inspiration, thinking about his destiny. He encounters downtown characters and underground celebrities, all the while leaving signs and messages on the walls of the buildings.

Presented by Deeper Into Movies.

This is an 18+ event.

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