Basquiat Canvas

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Basquiat Canvas Print

Year: 2010
Run Size: 450
Part of Set: none
Size: 18x24
Paper: unknown
Print Type: Screen Print
Release Date: 05/01/2010

This print was available for purchase during the in-person print sale preceeding the opening of the May Day show at Deitch gallery, on 05/01/2010. It retailed for $100, and only a small portion of the run of 450 were sold. The print was released for sale on for $60 on 05/27/2010.

Based on a still image from a video by Tamara Davis.


Studio Number One designed the opening titles for Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, inspired by bebop jazz album covers and the works of the legendary Saul Bass. Designer Kristian Henson explains: "We felt like Basquiat, in his own way, was a jazz musician: the frenetic energy in his pieces, his improvisation. His work shares his soul, very much the same way Charlie Parker or Dizzy Gillespie worked."

A Film by Tamra Davis

opens in Theaters July 21, 2010
on DVD November 2010

an Arthouse Films release

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 yound 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. JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD will open July 21, 2010 exclusively at New York’s Film Forum. (

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.

Theatrical release:
(so far)
Film Forum – New York 21-Jul
Weatherspoon Art Muesum – greensboro NC 22-Jul
OK City Museum of Art – oklahoma City 7/23-7/25
Northwest Film Forum – Seattle 6-Aug
Starz Film Center – Denver 6-Aug
Strand Theatre – Rockland, Maine 6-Aug
Landmark Nuart – Los Angeles 20-Aug
Angelika – Dallas 20-Aug
Angelika – Houston 20-Aug
Landmark Midtown Art – Atlanta 27-Aug
Northwest Film Center – Portland 27-Aug
Living Room Theaters August
Landmark Theatres – San Francisco 3-Sep
Landmark Theatres – Berkeley, CA 3-Sep
Landmark Kendall Square – Boston 17-Sep
Landmark Theaters – Philadelphia 17-Sep
Landmark Theaters – Minneapolis 17-Sep
Landmark E-street – Washington, DC 24-Sep

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