The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Randall), 2010
Archival Giclee digital print, Edition of 3
40 x 30 inches
101.6 x 76.2 cm
The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Randall), 2010
Archival Giclee digital print, Edition of 3
40 x 30 inches
101.6 x 76.2 cm
Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, 2008
Blackened gunmetal steel
43 3/4 x 39 x 12 inches
111.1 x 99.1 x 30.5 cm
Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, 2008
Blackened gunmetal steel
43 3/4 x 39 x 12 inches
111.1 x 99.1 x 30.5 cm
Cosmic Slop, 2008
Black soap and microcrystalline wax on board
36 x 24 inches
91.4 x 61 cm
Cosmic Slop, 2008
Black soap and microcrystalline wax on board
36 x 24 inches
91.4 x 61 cm
Cosmic Slop, 2008
Black soap and microcrystalline wax on board
84 x 84 inches
213.4 x 213.4 cm
Cosmic Slop, 2008
Black soap and microcrystalline wax on board
84 x 84 inches
213.4 x 213.4 cm
Manumission Papers, 2001
Vandyke brown print
50 x38 inches
127 x 96.5 cm
Manumission Papers, 2001
Vandyke brown print
50 x38 inches
127 x 96.5 cm

Rashid Johnson (American, b.1977) is a sculptor and photographer who works in a wide range of everyday materials, including wax, wood, steel, brass, shea butter, ceramic tile, and such found objects as books, records, VHS tapes, live plants, and CB radios. He finds inspiration in the work of a diverse group of visual artists, actors, musicians, writers, activists, and philosophers, including Carl Andre , Joseph Beuys, Eldrige Cleaver, Bruce Conner, Joseph Cornell, David Hammons, Kasimir Malevich, Parliament Funkadelic, and Sun Ra. Often identified with the post-black art movement, Johnson's work engages questions of personal, racial, and cultural identity, producing a unique synthesis of historical and material references that are grounded in African American and art history while expanding into questions of mysticism and cosmology.

Johnson was included in the landmark 2001 exhibition Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem, an exhibition of 28 important young African American artists curated by Thelma Golden. The following year, he had his first solo museum exhibition, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Since that time, he has had solo shows at SculptureCenter, New York; the Memphis PowerHouse; and the Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany. His work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington D.C.; the Institute of Contemporary Photography, New York; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, among others.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
Blocks
The High Line, New York, New York
May 2015 - March 2016

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
June 5 - September 9, 2015

The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
July 11 - November 22, 2015

Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond
California African American Museum, Los Angeles, California
August 15, 2015 - April 24, 2016

Breath/Breadth: Contemporary American Black Male Identity
Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College
September 3 - December 11, 2015

Rashid Johnson: Anxious Men
The Drawing Center, New York
October 2 - December 20, 2015

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Art in America Review: Rashid Johnson at Hauser & Wirth – April 28, 2015
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Wall Street Journal Rashid Johnson Trades Knowledge for Fresh Perspective – March 30, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Review: The Personal and Political in Rashid Johnson's Cubes – October 10, 2014
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Art In America The Accumulation of Self: How Rashid Johnson's Art Adds Up – October 8, 2014
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Blouin Artinfo Review: Rashid Johnson's "Magic Numbers" – August 14, 2014
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Chicago Magazine Found Art – September 2008
by Ann Wiens
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The New York Times The Topic is Race; the Art is Fearless – March 2008
by Holland Cotter
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The New York Times Art in Review: Rashid Johnson – March 2008
by Holland Cotter
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Rashid Johnson at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
December 14, 2014

Rashid Johnson numbers among seventeen contemporary painters in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World. The show makes the grand argument that the state of contemporary painting is one of historical mishmash, where artists are omnivorous about the genres, styles, and techniques from the past that they use in their paintings. Alongside Johnson, other featured artists include Charline von Heyl, Julie Mehretu, Laura Owens, and Amy Sillman.

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Rashid Johnson included in the 54th Venice Biennale 2011
March 11, 2011

Rashid Johnson will be included in the 54th Venice Biennale "ILLUMInation" Exhibition (2011), curated by Bice Curiger.

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