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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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Exhibit Showcases Basquiat as a Teenager

Posted April 27, 2018 at 5:05 am

Howl! Happening has a pretty cool showcase on the horizon. Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat, is a group exhibition honing in on the artists and scene around poetic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s teenaged, pre-fame years. When he was known as one-half of the informal graffiti duo SAMO, who wrote suggestive political dichotomies throughout the Lower […]

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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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