photo by Taglialatella Galleries
229 Tenth Avenue, New York,
This is home to the famous street artist from the 1980s, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Originally known by his tag name “SAMO” which stands for “Same old shit”. Basquiat earned a living by selling painted postcards and T-shirts and making collections from scrap metal. It didn’t take long for his work to attract the attention of New York’s art scene. His life and his work went onto inspire other great artists like Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, other prominent graffiti artists in the late twentieth century. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s very authentic to himself, unique painting style, that was applied to paper and canvas, made him a star almost overnight.