Beyond the Streets

Al Diaz

New York City

A prolific NYC subway writer turned text-oriented street artist, Al Diaz is best known for his collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat on SAMO©, graffiti that appeared in Lower Manhattan from 1977 to 1979. The provocative tags featured short, enigmatic messages and slogans — a departure from the purely ego-based works of their predecessors and a glimpse of trends to come. Diaz has recently revived the SAMO© legacy both on canvas and in the streets with new works that speak to the modern era. His work can be viewed in various spots throughout the show.

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