Summer in the City „I have always imagined paradise as a kind of library.“ – Jorge Luis Borges Blindness, in: The Last Voyage of Ulysses, Fischer-TB, 2nd ed. 2001, p. 188 „Siempre imaginé que el Paraíso sería algún tipo de biblioteca.“ My little paradise in the garden, with a book and a cup of coffee. Photo: Margrit Hengstenberg.
Basquiat & Kafka & the FBI „[…] that which is hidden in a conundrum is both clear and invisible. Clear to those who have found what they were called upon to look for, invisible to those who do not even know that there is something to look for“, Kafka, in his diary, 1911.
This late work on the door of a bodega in Williamsburg, New York Magazine reported, should be fake It is not, it is the artist in two of his secret identities: the sun king Horus and moon king Thoth. Religious studies could confirm this. Undetected his logic, like that his entire oeuvre is „an hillarious optical illusion“. Knowing his primitivism is the opposite, an ingenious encryption system you could be sure– he painted it. Irony of the authorising committee: they remained ignorant and therefore declared the work inauthentic. in 2010 I wrote to his father, registered mail, it remained unanswered, like my letter to his gallerist. The grammar of his cryptological communication-system (steganography), would have protected the museum in Orlando. It could not have been fooled by mindless junk, 25 canvases, and saved the FBI work.
Basquiat & FBI He was afraid of the FBI mentions P. Hoban in „Basquiat, A quick killing in art“. Never understood why, but now. Their cryptologists could recognise his steganographically encrypted communication system. With this he hid the Congo Atrocities, Alfred Nobel, Leonhard Euler, George Washington Carver, Jesus, Isis, Osiris, Joseph in Egypt and so on. Primitivism? Camouflage. Recognition protocols for his Steganography, one in his notebook, one in my diary (1979) in which he wrote his drummer’s address so we could stay in touch, as he didn’t have his own back then.
EDUCATION Nil? Nil is German or French for Nile. Compare the i with the other I`s. The lowercase but capitalized i shows me his tiny hint was intentional. „I’m not making paintings,“ he said, „I’m making tablets.“ Loraine O’Grady on Basquiat, artforum 1993. On tablets artists worked in ancient Egypt and Nubia. Owned to them was the straight-view-imaginary, the aspective. The one he used, as well as communicating spelling errors, like in my diary. America with a K is German: AMERIKA, AMERVKA? Compare the I. MICHEAL? A spelling error transforms into a recognition protcoll. The red circle communicates, like the double zero. Red for ashe, Gods power for action, the circle for the magic protection ritual. The two overlapping zeros, a geneological symbol. What does a cryptologist want? To forge Basquiat, the forger must know his encrypted communication system. The one whose canvases were confiscated by the FBI had no idea.
1935 before the Nuremberg Race Laws. Friederich Morgenschweis, born 1910 in Hoboken, Antwerp, child of a Belgian Manouche, as Sinti are called in France and Belgium. 1914, when the Germans invaded Belgium in violation of international law, Belgians killed his German father Joseph. Half a year later, Josephine his mother took her own life. As Friederich could not give proof of beeing Aryan he was taken into „Protective custody“. Released later, when prison chaplain Karl Morgenschweis, his uncle, presented it to the authorities. He was „only half-aryan“. Friederich was my mothers father. She and her brother took their own lives, two decades after he thought he had protected his children from the worst discrimination in convent boarding schools. By 23 and 24 years he outlived his children.