Basquiat: Rage to Riches
53 min • Culture • 2018
BASQUIAT: Rage To Riches explores the life and work of one of the great artistic legends of the 20th century. The film features exclusive interviews with the sisters of Jean-Michel Basquiat – Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat - who have never before agreed to be interviewed for a TV documentary about their brothers life and work. With striking candour, Basquiat’s legendary art dealers – including Larry Gagosian, Mary Boone, and Bruno Bischofberger - along with his most intimate friends, lovers, and fellow artists expose the cash, the drugs, and racism which Basquiat confronted on a daily basis. Basquiat blew up the New York art world with work that translated street energy into high art. Raw, provocative, beautiful, child-like, spontaneous and full of references, Basquiat’s paintings and drawings – a combination of scrawled shapes and crossed out words – seemed chaotic but were intensely purposeful, a means of processing his experience of being a Black man in a white world at a very particular point in history.
From the perspective of 30 years since his untimely death, this film also focuses on the legacy of one of the great artists of the 20th century.