Rashid Johnson, ‘Studio Visit with Rashid Johnson’, 2016/2017, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2016
Rashid Johnson, ‘Studio Visit with Rashid Johnson’, 2016/2017, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2016

Rashid Johnson continues to surprise and challenge, to commend our attention. Meet the artist and gain a deeper understanding of his practice in the very space where it all comes together: the studio.

This fall, Johnson’s Fly Away at Hauser & Wirth, New York, revealed once more the artist’s prolific practice, the complex and intricate layers in his work, and the ways in which it opens new perspectives on the current crossroads in American culture and society. In reviewing this “impressive exhibition,” The New York Times’ Roberta Smith noted Johnson’s “abundant talents” and agility in advancing different forms, languages, and bodies of work simultaneously, with great urgency and timeliness, through “new, promising moves.” This unique experience is an opportunity to continue the conversation sparked by this latest work — directly with the artist.

Rashid Johnson lives and works in New York. He has been the subject of solo shows at the Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Sculpture Center, New York; the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; and the Powerhouse, Memphis, among others. Johnson is represented by Hauser & Wirth, New York, where his current exhibition, Fly Away, is currently on view.

This priceless, unique experience can include up to four people.

About Rashid Johnson

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.

American, b. 1977, Chicago, IL, United States, based in New York, NY, United States