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This unique piece by Rashid Johnson hails from his “Cosmic Slop” series. That body of work saw the artist working with a liquefied amalgam of black soap and microcrystalline wax that he would layer over boards, shaping the …

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Rashid Johnson’s practice is defined by its critical evocations and entangling of racial and cultural identity, African American history, and mysticism. Many of his early works took the form of conceptual photography, though Johnson eventually expanded his practice to include wall-based works that engage the legacy of painting, sculptural installation, and assemblage using manufactured materials like shea butter, books records, and incense. “The goal,” Johnson explains, “is for all of the materials to miscegenate into a new language, with me as its author.” Johnson also exercises a range of mark-making techniques—like scoring, scraping, engraving, and branding—using self-made tools.

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Zeitz MOCAA, Creative Time
Selected exhibitions
2021
Red Stage by Rashid JohnsonCreative Time
2019
Still Here Tomorrow To High Five You YesterdayZeitz MOCAA
2017
Rashid Johnson: StrangerHauser & Wirth
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Lot 20

Cosmic Slop, 2008

Black soap and microcrystalline wax on board
36 × 24 in
91.4 × 61 cm
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Artsy x Rago/Wright
Estimated value: $20,000–$30,000
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Artsy x Rago/Wright

This work is sold by a private individual and ships from Washington, D.C., United States

This …

Medium
Condition

Rashid Johnson’s practice is defined by its critical evocations and entangling of racial and cultural identity, African American history, and mysticism. Many of his early works took the form of conceptual photography, though Johnson eventually expanded his practice to include wall-based works that engage the legacy of painting, sculptural installation, and assemblage using manufactured materials like shea butter, books records, and incense. “The goal,” Johnson explains, “is for all of the materials to miscegenate into a new language, with me as its author.” Johnson also exercises a range of mark-making techniques—like scoring, scraping, engraving, and branding—using self-made tools.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Zeitz MOCAA, Creative Time
Selected exhibitions (3)

Series by this artist

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