Al Diaz

It’s the ‘Same Old Gallery’ at Basquiat’s Former Studio on Great Jones Street

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Andy Warhol once owned it. Jean-Michel Basquiat lived, worked, and died in it. Now, the ground level of 57 Great Jones Street is under conversion to a temporary gallery concept inspired by the late artist. (It was previously occupied by Japan Premium Beef.) Indeed, one need only scope the name – The Same Old Gallery – […]

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On the 30th Anniversary of his Death, Basquiat Gets Tribute from Al Diaz on Great Jones

Posted August 13, 2018 at 5:03 am

Yesterday (August 12) marks thirty years since Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at age 27. To help pay tribute to his fallen compatriot, legendary Lower East Side street scrawler Al Diaz imparted this silhouette and message on the facade of his former studio at 57 Great Jones Street (where he was found). The […]

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How the Chelsea Mob Thought this Guy was Banksy

Last modified March 26, 2018 at 7:07 am

Last Thursday evening, while dressed in a construction vest and hard hat, the bearded man spray-painted a stencil onto the backside of a Chelsea newsstand (near FIT). That of a newsie standing on a stack of papers. Given that the Banksy is in town, and how the piece is an obvious nod, the crowd on […]

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Al Diaz and Yoav Litvin to Talk About LES Graffiti History and the Current Scene

Posted July 22, 2015 at 10:24 am

Decades after its introduction, the SAMO tag still intrigues and inspires. Commands respect. It’s so well known that there’s a dedicated Wikipedia page with more than two thousand words. Now its co-creator, Al Diaz, who conceived the idea with high school friend Jean-Michel Basquiat (and also went by “Bomb I”), will talk about the graf […]

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