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The painting depicts one of Basquiat’s almost skeletal Black male figures, with a companion dog painted in similar style, in the spray of an open fire hydrant, or “johnnypump,” in New York street slang. “He wants to paint these figures, both dog and boy, from the inside out,” Folkerts said, while the reds, yellows and oranges around them suggest a “blazing hot summer landscape.”

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