SAMO tag at 184 Grand St. Image via NY Post/Brian Zak SAMO tag at 184 Grand St.
Image via NY Post/Brian Zak

The 4 000 square-foot property was also once owned by hyperrealistic sculptor Duane Hanson and is located on 184 Grand Street.

 Duane Hanson, Queenie II, 1988 Image via Saatchi Gallery
Duane Hanson, Queenie II, 1988
Image via Saatchi Gallery

Basquiat scrawled "SAMO©"- an acronym for "Same Old Shit"- on the wall of the fourth-floor hallway which was most likely executed by the artist in the late seventies to early eighties.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Image via Wide Walls Jean-Michel Basquiat
Image via Wide Walls

Basquiat and fellow artist Al Diaz began tagging buildings in Lower Manhattan under the pseudonym SAMO. When Basquiat and Diaz came to blows, Basquiat reacted by pulling the plug on SAMO. He scrawled SAMO IS DEAD on SoHo galleries and buildings downtown. His contemporary street artist Keith Haring famously held a 'wake' for SAMO at Club 57.

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