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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About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
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