Announcing Basquiat documentary

17th August 2017

To coincide with the opening in September of the first large-scale exhibition at London’s Barbican Gallery of iconic American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, we are pleased to announce the release of a DVD documentary, Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Life, directed by Jean-Michel Vecchiet.

Offering a dazzling chronology of Basquiat’s journey from humble teenager in downtown 1980s New York towards artistic glory in just 7 years, Vecchiet constructs a dramatic narrative via a whirlwind of images, literature, music and personal testimonies to reveal the explosive creativity of this self-taught.

DVD extras include interviews with Glenn O’Brien, Maripol, Suzanne Mallouk, Agnes B and Enrico Navarra. Jean-Michel Basquiat is produced by Arte and distributed in the UK by Illuminations.

You can read more about the film and purchase the DVD here.

Jean-Michel Basquiat is also featured in our exciting and challenging documentary series, The State of the Art, available as a 2-disc DVD set.

Filmed in Europe, the United States and Australia in 1985-6, the six programmes feature many key artists including Joseph Beuys, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Antony Gormley, Hans Haacke and Eric Fischl.  Each film adopts a thematic approach, with episodes looking at History, Value, Imagination, Politics, Sexuality and Identity.


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