Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

August 6-12 Daily at 7, 9pm (plus Sat-Sun at 5:30pm) Jean-Michel Basquiat was a burst of color on the international art scene and a walking personal tragedy who also happened to be a good friend of American filmmaker Tamra Davis. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is about the artist and phenomenon who became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene. He sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. Soon, however, his cult status began to override the art that had made him famous in the first place. “Places Basquiat’s art in a cultural context with an enthusiasm and zest that make the many pictures shown come blazingly alive.” -NY Times

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SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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