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.