SAMO©

6 artworks


  • SAMO©… Reclining on a Car Seat, West Broadway, 1978 Archival Print by Al Diaz

    Al Diaz SAMO©… Reclining on a Car Seat, West Broadway, 1978 Archival Print by Al Diaz

    SAMO©...Reclining on a Car Seat, West Broadway, 1978 Archival Pigment Fine Art Limited Edition Print on 310gsm Hahnemühle William Turner Matte Fine Art Paper by Modern Pop Street Graffiti Artist Al Diaz. Al Diaz "SAMO©...Reclining on a Car Seat, West Broadway, 1978" - Limited Edition of 25 - 18 x 24" SAMO©...RECLINING ON A CAR SEAT, WEST BROADWAY, 1978 • Autographed archival pigment print • Printed on Hahnemühle William Turner matte fine art paper, 310 GSM • Custom hand-torn deckled edges • Hand-varnished • 18 x 24 inches Hand-signed, numbered and dated in ink by Al Díaz in a limited edition of 25 • With additional "WE WERE SAMO©..." ink inscription

    $489.00

  • SAMO© Quote 4 The Overzealous Air-Guitarist Silkscreen Print by Al Diaz

    Al Diaz SAMO© Quote 4 The Overzealous Air-Guitarist Silkscreen Print by Al Diaz

    SAMO© Quote 4 The Overzealous Air-Guitarist Silkscreen Print by Al Diaz Hand-Pulled 1-Color Screen Print on 130lb Natural Off-White Stock Paper Limited Edition Pop Street Art Artwork. 2022 Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 25 Artwork Size 14x11 4 The Overzealous Air-Guitarist

    $224.00

  • SAMO©…SINCE 1978... Deluxe Collectors Book Set Print by Al Diaz SAMO©…SINCE 1978... Deluxe Collectors Book Set Print by Al Diaz

    Al Diaz SAMO©…SINCE 1978... Deluxe Collectors Book Set Print by Al Diaz

    SAMO©…SINCE 1978... Deluxe Collectors Set Archival Pigment Fine Art Limited Edition Print, Photos, Book & Marker on Fine Art Paper by Modern Pop Street Graffiti Artist Ali Diaz. 2018 Signed & Numbered Al Daiz Portfolio Art Set of Prints, Art Objects, Media & Photographs. The Samo©… Since 1978… Deluxe Collectors Set Includes The Following Items: A signed first-edition book with an exclusive inscription by Al Díaz and Mariah Fox. A signed and numbered archival print measuring 8 x 8 inches is a photograph by Al Díaz from circa 2018. An 11-piece archival print set of vintage SAMO© photography, each measuring 4 x 6 inches, with photographs by Al Díaz, Natalya Maystrenko, and Jane Burrell Yadav from around 1978/79. A signed paint marker that was used to create an original SAMO© piece of art. A hand-screened canvas tote bag, printed on each side, measuring 15 x 20 inches. An enamel cross pin. A sticker pack. A bookmark. A blue marker. A signed Letter of Authenticity. Historical Significance and Composition of the SAMO©…SINCE 1978... Deluxe Collectors Set Released in 2018, this limited edition portfolio by Al Diaz is a comprehensive assembly that includes various items, each rich with the essence of street pop art. A signed first edition book with an exclusive inscription provides insight into the SAMO© tag's inception and evolution, a narrative co-created with Mariah Fox. Accompanying the book is a signed and numbered archival print, an 8 x 8-inch photograph Diaz took, offering a visual narrative that complements the written word. The realm of modern street pop art and graffiti artwork is ever-evolving, often blurring the lines between an art piece and a historical document. The "SAMO©…SINCE 1978..." Deluxe Collectors Set is a prime example of this intersection, offering a tangible connection to the roots of street art as seen through the lens of influential artist Al Diaz. This set is not just an amalgamation of art objects; it's a capsule of cultural heritage that chronicles the rise of one of the most enigmatic tags in the history of graffiti. Further delving into the historical context, the set includes eleven archival prints measuring 4 x 6 inches, featuring vintage SAMO© photography by Al Diaz, Natalya Maystrenko, and Jane Burrell Yadav. These images capture the rawness of the late 1970s and early 1980s in New York, where SAMO© became a recognized symbol of rebellion and artistic freedom. Including a signed paint marker used to create an original SAMO© piece signifies the authenticity of the art-making process, bridging the past with the present. The Artistic and Collectible Value of Al Diaz's Work The Deluxe Collectors Set assembles art objects extending beyond prints and photographs. This eclectic mix includes a hand-screened canvas tote bag, an enamel cross pin, a sticker pack, and a bookmark. Each item is a piece of memorabilia and a slice of the artistic journey that Diaz has embarked upon. Notably, the set has a blue marker and a signed letter of authenticity, sealing its value as a collectible. Al Diaz's contributions to the graffiti art scene are deeply etched into the cultural fabric of urban art. His work, especially the SAMO© tag, co-created with the legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, has become a symbol of street art's DIY ethos and provocative nature. This Deluxe Collectors Set does not merely reflect Diaz's artistic footprint; it serves as a conduit for the stories, the era, and the movement that SAMO© represents. Legacy of the SAMO© Tag The legacy of the SAMO© tag immortalized in this Deluxe Collectors Set is multifaceted. It's a testament to the power of words and images in the public domain, a reminder of street art's transitory yet impactful nature. The tag's cryptic messages once sparked curiosity and dialogue among passersby on New York's streets. Through this set, they continue instigating thought and appreciation among collectors and art enthusiasts. In essence, the "SAMO©…SINCE 1978..." Deluxe Collectors Set by Al Diaz is more than just an item of monetary value; it is an essential piece for anyone interested in the history and evolution of street pop art and graffiti artwork. Through this collection, Diaz cements his place in art history and invites others to explore and understand street art's profound impact on society and culture. As a limited edition of just 25 sets, it holds a unique place in the pantheon of modern art collectibles, embodying the spirit of a time when art took to the streets, challenging conventions and forever changing the face of urban expression.

    $409.00

  • SAMO© Quote Like An Exotic Affectation Silkscreen Print by Al Diaz

    Al Diaz SAMO© Quote Like An Exotic Affectation Silkscreen Print by Al Diaz

    SAMO© Quote Like An Exotic Affectation Silkscreen Print by Al Diaz Hand-Pulled 1-Color Screen Print on 130lb Natural Off-White Stock Paper Limited Edition Pop Street Art Artwork. 2022 Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 25 Artwork Size 14x11 Like An Exotic Affectation

    $234.00

  • If We Remain Standing Still HPM Giclee Print by Al Diaz

    Al Diaz If We Remain Standing Still HPM Giclee Print by Al Diaz

    If We Remain Standing Still HPM Giclee Print by Al Diaz Limited Edition Hand Painted Multiple on Fine Art Paper Pop Artist Modern Artwork. 2022 Signed & Numbered HPM Hand Embellished Print Limited Edition of 30 Artwork Size 17x11 Giclee Art. "If We Remain Standing Still We Die In Place" If We Remain Standing Still" is a piece of artwork by Al Diaz, an American artist known for his work as a street artist, graffiti writer, and collaborative efforts with Jean-Michel Basquiat on the SAMO© project. The HPM Giclee Print refers to a limited edition reproduction of the original artwork. HPM, or Hand-Painted Multiple, is a term used in the art world to describe a series of unique, hand-painted reproductions of an original piece of art. These editions are produced in small quantities, often signed and numbered by the artist. Like his street art and graffiti, Al Diaz's work often incorporates text and thought-provoking statements to engage the viewer and provoke conversation. "If We Remain Standing Still" likely includes a message or statement intended to inspire reflection and stimulate dialogue about social or political issues. The exact meaning of the phrase can be open to interpretation, as art is often meant to evoke individual thoughts and reactions from its viewers.

    $180.00

  • SAMO© Quote 4 The Aspiring Influencer & His Influencees Silkscreen Print by Al Diaz

    Al Diaz SAMO© Quote 4 The Aspiring Influencer & His Influencees Silkscreen Print by Al Diaz

    SAMO© Quote 4 The Aspiring Influencer & His Influencees Silkscreen Print by Al Diaz Hand-Pulled 1-Color Screen Print on 130lb Natural Off-White Stock Paper Limited Edition Pop Street Art Artwork. 2022 Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 25 Artwork Size 14x11 4 The Aspiring Influencer & His Influencees

    $234.00

SAMO©
SAMO©, which stands for "Same Old Shit," was an informal graffiti tag and art collaboration between American artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Al Diaz in the late 1970s. The duo created enigmatic, poetic, and often sarcastic phrases that they spray-painted on the walls and buildings of New York City, particularly in the Lower East Side and Soho neighborhoods. Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) later became a prominent Neo-Expressionist and Primitivist painter in the 1980s art scene. His art focused on themes such as race, social critique, and pop culture, and he often incorporated text and symbols in his work. Although the SAMO© collaboration came to an end around 1980, Basquiat continued to reference it in his solo work. Al Diaz is an artist who has continued to work in various mediums such as painting, sculpture, and mixed media. He has also participated in collaborative street art projects and has exhibited his work in galleries and museums. SAMO© began as a way for Jean-Michel Basquiat and Al Diaz to express their disillusionment with the art world, consumer culture, and societal norms. The two met while attending the alternative high school, City-As-School, in Manhattan. They initially used the SAMO© tag to make their mark on the city, creating a distinct identity for their work. The cryptic messages they left around New York City often combined humor, social commentary, and a rebellious attitude. The partnership between Basquiat and Diaz did not last long. By the time Basquiat started gaining recognition in the art world, SAMO© had come to an end. In 1980, Basquiat famously spray-painted "SAMO© IS DEAD" on the walls of SoHo, signifying the end of their collaboration. However, the influence of SAMO© remained present in Basquiat's later works, as he continued to incorporate text, symbols, and social commentary into his paintings. After the dissolution of SAMO©, Basquiat's career took off, and he became one of the most prominent artists of the 1980s. His friendships and collaborations with other well-known artists, such as Andy Warhol, further propelled his status in the art world. Basquiat's artwork has since become highly sought after, with his pieces fetching millions at auction. Al Diaz, though less prominent than Basquiat, has continued to be active in the art world. His work in various mediums demonstrates a commitment to his artistic vision and exploration. Diaz has also been involved in art collectives and has participated in group exhibitions. In recent years, he has revisited the SAMO© concept, creating new works and installations inspired by the original project. The SAMO© project remains an important part of New York City's art history and is emblematic of the creative energy and countercultural spirit that characterized the late 1970s and early 1980s. As both Basquiat and Diaz went on to pursue their individual artistic careers, the impact of their collaboration can still be seen in their respective bodies of work. The legacy of SAMO© has also influenced later generations of street artists and graffiti writers, who have incorporated text, social commentary, and humor into their work. The cryptic, thought-provoking phrases and messages of SAMO© served as a precursor to the more conceptual and politically-charged street art that has emerged in the decades since.

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