Film & Talk: American Masters—Basquiat: Rage to Riches
Part of The Artist’s Lens series, co-presented with Hamptons Doc Fest.
One of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a rock star of the early ’80s New York art scene. He lived fast, died young and created thousands of drawings and paintings. It took less than a decade for Basquiat, an accountant’s son from Brooklyn, to go from anonymous graffiti writer known as SAMO© to an epoch-defining art star. Today, Basquiat is in the top tier of the international art market along with Picasso, de Kooning, and Francis Bacon. 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of Basquiat’s untimely death at age 27 from a heroin overdose. In death, he has emerged as one of the most important artists of his generation and now exhibits in museums all over the world.