D'Stassi Editions: Al Diaz
The street art of 80s’ New York is of particular interest to art lovers, a period which catapulted talents such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Richard Hambleton into the heart of pop culture.
Distassi Art is proud to present a limited run of editions from 80’s street art pioneer Al Diaz; half of SAMO©, alongside Basquiat, and a seminal creator in his own right. Currently, he is working on his WET PAINT series; slicing out individual letters and then reassembling them to form socially-charged messages. Always tinged with wit and an irreverent sense of humour, Diaz’s art is thought-provoking and amusing in equal measure.
Al Diaz, Basquiat’s Graffiti Partner, Has Resurrected the SAMO© Tag for His First-Ever European Collaboration
The D'Stassi Art gallery will present the first-generation street artist's work in Europe for the first time.
In the last few years, Diaz’ stock has risen exponentially; whilst he was already a respected name in the minds of street art fans, he is now gaining mainstream momentum. There is significant demand for SAMO© and WET PAINT works; as outlined by the numerous galleries that have exhibited various works by Diaz across New York. An exciting live collaboration between Diaz and UK based artist Schoony took place in Manhattan at ‘NYC via LDN’, hosted by Distassi Art and Contra Galleries. A SAMO© tag was added to Schoony’s ‘Boy Soldier’, alongside WET PAINT lettering to create a unique one of one work.
This is the first Mini-doc in the D'Stassi Art Spotlight series.
The D'Stassi Art team.