WBEZ | Basquiat http://www.wbez.org/tags/basquiat Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en On the streets of Hyde Park, Basquiat lives again? http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-06-20/streets-hyde-park-basquiat-lives-again-88032 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-19/bey-samo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-19/P6184721.jpg" style="width: 501px; height: 392px;" title=""></p><p>I was driving through Hyde Park a few days ago when I saw this bit of graffiti on a piece of plywood at the Metra underpass at 51st Street: <em>Stay Positive +</em>.</p><p>That the cheery street scrawl was signed "SAMO2" made me smile a bit. The late NYC artistic phenom <a href="http://basquiat.com/">Jean-Michel Basquiat</a> and two other friends of his used to secretly spray paint sayings on the sides of Manhattan buildings in the 1970s and 1980s, signing them "SAMO"--pronounced "SAME O." Stuff like, "Life is Confusing at This Point--SAMO", and "SAMO Does <u>Not</u> Cause Cancer in Laboratory Animals.."</p><p>Basquiat went on to great, albeit brief, acclaim as an artist, striking up friendships with Andy Warhol and other notables before dying of a drug overdose in 1988 at age 27. More than two decades later, a new SAMO seems to have taken up the call in Hyde Park. Who is behind this, I wonder? A few steps east of the above sign, there was this reminder from SAMO2:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-19/P6184724.jpg" style="width: 499px; height: 372px;" title=""></p><p>Why, <em>thank you</em>.</p><p>AN UPDATE: A purchase agreement has been signed--but the deal has not yet been closed--to sell the endangered Forum hall in Bronzeville to a developer who wants to repair and reuse the dilapidated 112-year-old structure at 43rd and Calumet. The building was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-06-05/unfunny-thing-thats-going-happen-forum-demolition-planned-decaying-bronzevil">profiled in this blog</a> earlier this month. The developer,<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-06-07/temporary-stay-execution-bronzevilles-historic-forum-building-87495"> Bernard Loyd</a>, said he has erected protective scaffolding beneath a section of the building that was shedding bricks. He said he expects the purchase to be completed in a few days.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-06-20/streets-hyde-park-basquiat-lives-again-88032