Jay-Z’s first book will feature one of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach paintings on its cover. Warhol’s 1984 series of 38 Rorschach paintings was a later-in-life experiment that, to hear him describe it, doesn’t sound too far off from this book. Jay-Z’s book Decoded is a collection of lyrics, hip-hop lyrics — not just Jay-Z’s lyrics, but those of every great MC — are poetry if you look at them closely enough.
In no way, shape or form am I promoting his book, this post is to promote/ bring attention to art in general. Painted in 1984, Warhol created the series specifically so that the paintings could be analyzed. “I was trying to do these to actually read into them and write about them, but I never really had the time to do that. So I was going to hire somebody to read into them, to pretend it was me, so that they’d be a little more . . . interesting.”
These paintings are enormous in size, 9′ tall ink blots – Genius?!