Rashid Johnson | the artist

The artist Rashid Johnson
Born 1977, Chicago, USA.
Lives and works in New York USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Photography, Venice Biennale, Video, Installation art, Sculpture Objects,

2012 David C. Driskell prize. “Rashid Johnson is a visual artist fully incorporating every available resource to create works relevant to both the past and the present. His ability to draw upon materials and visual sources that stand alone formally but have strong ties to the African diaspora and highlight African culture through his imaginative and distinctive art exemplifies the qualities of a David C. Driskell Prize recipient. We are pleased to support his vision and development through this award.”

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Rashid Johnson
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Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson
The title of the show, “Dark Matters,” reflects Johnsonís propensity to unpeel cultured layers of race, identity and sexuality. Evoking both the title of Cornell West’s prominent book Race Matters and borrowing from the language of physics and astronomy, Johnson draws both visual and conceptual parallels between the two. With the insertion of the physicistís concept of dark matter into discourse on race, Johnson hopes to point out how societal norms and expectations are impalpably created and disseminated within the dominant frame of cultural production…

“Rashid Johnson“http://www.sculpture-center.org/exhibitionsExhibition.htm?id=12875
Concerned equally with 20th Century art history, popular culture and African American intellectual history, Johnson cites Sun Ra, Joseph Beuys, Rosalind Krauss, Richard Pryor, Hans Haacke, Carl Andre among his influences. Rashid Johnson studied at Columbia College, Chicago (1996-2000) and the School at the Art Institute of Chicago(2004-2005). His exhibitions include Thirty Americans (2008, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL); A Perfect Union…More or Less, (2004, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, IL); and Freestyle, (2001, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY). Recent solo exhibitions include The Dead Lecturer: Laboratory, Dojo, and Performance Space, The Powerhouse, Memphis, TN, and Sharpening My Oyster Knife (2008, the Magdeburger Kunstmuseum, Magdeburg, Germany. He lives and works in New York…

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