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Al Diaz is coming to Cherokee Street Gallery

Al Diaz comes to Cherokee Street Gallery on Saturday, September 8th. The exhibition is titled “SAMO© LIVES” and opens at the gallery with an artist talk by Diaz from 6:00 to 7:00 pm followed by an opening reception beginning at 7:00 pm.

“I’m psyched about showing theses new pieces. I’ve been preparing all summer for the Cherokee Street Gallery show.  St. Louis is proving to be a Street Art Destination.” - Al Diaz

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Al Diaz and Jean Michel Basquiat collaborated on the creation of the enigmatic graffiti tag "SAMO©", pronounced "same oh" as in "same 'ol shit" or "same 'ol thing." It was a blasé expression of boredom in reaction to the repeated patterns of daily activity offered by modern life. Diaz and Basquiat worked to build the SAMO© concept by writing short cryptic slogans on the streets of New York City from 1977 to early 1980 tagged with the name SAMO©. According to Diaz, "SAMO© was never intended to be a person." It was meant to be a brand or place holder for the empty promises presented by religion and consumer culture. Basquiat took over the SAMO© identity for a while as his art world alter ego, but Diaz says it was never intended to be that and he presents an alternative viewpoint of what the enigmatic SAMO© actually was. 

 Photo by Henry Flynt

Photo by Henry Flynt

Cherokee Street Gallery is bringing Al Diaz to St Louis on September 8th, 2018 to exhibit work and share his perspective on SAMO©... "As an end to mindwash religion, nowhere politics and bogus philosophies."


Earlier Event: June 29
Later Event: November 3