August 19, 2010
The titular painter and graffiti artist of Tamra Davis' documentary "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" continues to garner fascination and analysis. Getting its title from an article in Artforum that first brought the sprout-headed artist to the attention of the New York gallery scene, the film builds upon footage of an interview Basquiat did in 1985. Davis, a close friend of the artist, who died in 1988 of a heroin overdose, gives the documentary a deep, emotional core. Landmark Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard.
September 4, 1988 |
Rueful riddle: He was black. In the '80s he rose mercury-fashion from obscurity to superstardom. Now he is dead of a drug overdose at the age of 27. What was his occupation? According to prevailing stereotype he should have been a rock musician.
July 19, 2005 |
For a long time we've had Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Now we have King Basquiat too. This is not royalty-inflation. Jean-Michel Basquiat -- the artist whose trademark graphic icon was a toothy three-pointed crown, sometimes bestowed on references to his heroes and sometimes, like Napoleon, bestowed upon himself -- most certainly deserves it. The Duke had 75 years and the Count had 80 to cement their titles.
August 20, 2010
Nicolo Donato's bleak yet compelling "Brotherhood," an unsparing neo-noir with the structure and inevitability of classic drama, opens in the dark of night with a man entrapping a young, inexperienced gay man into a bashing and then cuts to a young blond soldier being told by his commanding officer he cannot be promoted because he's been accused of making passes at fellow soldiers. The soldier, Lars (Thure Lindhardt), is vulnerable when by chance he falls into a group of neo- Nazis and is recruited by its leader, the bearded, paunchy but implacably forceful Michael (Nicolas Bro)
July 23, 2005
Re Christopher Knight's review of the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art ["Hail the King," July 19]: There isn't a landlord in America who, if he found these random scrawls on his walls, wouldn't immediately paint them over. If Basquiat's work is a parody of intellectual pretension, Knight's appraisal would have been the first one he would have taken aim at. Keith Rocklin Los Angeles MOCA delivers! The Basquiat exhibition overflows with exuberance, talent and intrigue -- a "must see" for art lovers everywhere.
June 19, 2013 |
A painting by Wassily Kandinsky has sold for $21.2 million at a Christie's auction of Impressionist and Modern works of art in London. The auction on Tuesday brought in a hefty total of $100.4 million, but the sale lacked any major surprises. Kandinsky's "Study for Improvisation 3," created in 1909, was the top seller of the evening. The price was in the middle of the auction house's expectation range. The brightly colored landscape painting sold for $16.8 million in 2008. Tuesday's auction also featured Picasso's 1960 painting "Woman Seated in an Armchair," which sold for $9.6 million, slightly surpassing expectations.