Catch the U.S. Premiere of a New Jean-Michel Basquiat Documentary at Brooklyn Museum

Photos by Yutaka Sakano via Brooklyn Museum


    Before a new film about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat hits the airwaves you can watch a screening in the borough where he was born.

    “Basquiat: Rage to Riches” documents the art and life of the Brooklyn artist via interviews with those in his life, including fellow artists and family members. The American Masters, BBC Studios documentary will air in September, but Brooklyn Museum is hosting the U.S. premiere on August 30. The film will be followed by a conversation with the artist’s sisters, Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat, director David Shulman and producer Janet Lee.

    Jean-Michel Basquiat and Brooklyn are forever linked. From Jan 26 to Mar 11, experience this connection in One Basquiat, our spotlight presentation featuring one of Basquiat’s most powerful paintings. In only two short weeks, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Yusaku Maezawa (@yusaku2020), Untitled (1982) returns to the artist’s hometown in an exhibition that honors the local hero and aims to inspire both Brooklynites and global audiences. #onebasquiat

    The film premiere is the latest in a series of programs at the Brooklyn Museum in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death Basquiat, who died in 1988 at age 27. The museum was part of the life of a young Basquiat, he became a junior member at the age of six. He first emerged as the graffiti artist known as SAMO© before breaking out into the New York art world of the 1980s. His piece “Untitled, 1982” broke records in 2017 when it sold for $110.5 million. The private buyer lent the work to the Brooklyn Museum for a temporary exhibit earlier this year.

    The screening takes place on Thursday, August 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brooklyn Museum. Tickets are $16 and $14 for museum members, which includes museum admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the museum website here.

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