Anyone wishing to get a glimpse of the art world back on the early 1980s should check out the film

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Much is already known about the life and death of this prolific painter who would have turned 50 this year. Very little is understood of the personal side of Basquiat’s genius. The film successfully unveils the rags to riches tapestry from a very compelling inside perspective, including an interview from 1983 that was stashed away in a closet until now and intimate nuggets from the likes of Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, among others.

We also get to witness NYC back in the heady days of sex, drugs, music, clubs and art. How many of us remember how cool Soho once was and how gritty the area now called Nolita had been?  The art scene was so truly available and accessible, unlike the high brow, elitist landscape it has evolved into today.