Basquiat’s paintings deliberately perplex, leaving room for imagination and personal interpretation.
Nevertheless, it seems that the artist had fun leaving some drawings invisible in some of his paintings that could only be seen with a specific configuration. This is the case, for example, for one of his Untitled paintings (1981). It was in an effort to reassure one of her clients that this painting was exposed with a black light that Emily Macdonald-Korth, a Conservative in New York, noticed that some hidden details of the painting appeared, including arrows. This is not the first time we have noticed such a discovery, the painting Orange Sports Figure also contained a hidden writing: the artist’s signature. Following this repetition of events, the curator advises all Basquiat owners to do the same thing, in order to give second nature to a painting that could potentially contain a multitude of never-before-seen secrets writings to this very day.
Find details of the Untitled painting (1981) below and the curator’s interview on the Artnet website.