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Artsy x Rago/Wright

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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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Throughout his multimedia practice, Rashid Johnson explores elements of racial and cultural identity, African American history, and mysticism. While many of the artist’s early works took the form of conceptual photography, his practice has expanded to include sculptural installations, wall-based works that consider the legacy of painting, and assemblages that integrate manufactured materials such as shea butter, books, records, and incense. He also makes his own tools to score, scrape, engrave, and brand his pieces. Anxious, frenetically rendered square faces; mosaic compositions; and plant-filled installations are three recurring motifs. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Johnson has shown in New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Mexico City, London, and Athens, among other cities. In 2011, he featured in the international pavilion at the Venice Biennale. At auction, his work has sold for six and seven figures. In 2019, Johnson released his first feature film, an adaption of Richard Wright’s Native Son.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Zeitz MOCAA, Creative Time
Selected exhibitions
2021
Rashid Johnson | Black and BlueDavid Kordansky Gallery
Red Stage by Rashid JohnsonCreative Time
2017
Rashid Johnson: StrangerHauser & Wirth
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Cosmic Slop, 2008

Black soap and microcrystalline wax on board
36 × 24 in
91.4 × 61 cm
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ARW
Artsy x Rago/Wright

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

This …

Medium

Throughout his multimedia practice, Rashid Johnson explores elements of racial and cultural identity, African American history, and mysticism. While many of the artist’s early works took the form of conceptual photography, his practice has expanded to include sculptural installations, wall-based works that consider the legacy of painting, and assemblages that integrate manufactured materials such as shea butter, books, records, and incense. He also makes his own tools to score, scrape, engrave, and brand his pieces. Anxious, frenetically rendered square faces; mosaic compositions; and plant-filled installations are three recurring motifs. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Johnson has shown in New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Mexico City, London, and Athens, among other cities. In 2011, he featured in the international pavilion at the Venice Biennale. At auction, his work has sold for six and seven figures. In 2019, Johnson released his first feature film, an adaption of Richard Wright’s Native Son.

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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