Rashid Johnson

Artist Rashid Johnson
Artist Bio

Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson (b. 1977, Chicago) is recognized as one of the major voices of his generation, composing searing meditations on race and class while establishing an organic formal vocabulary that fuses a variety of sculptural and painterly traditions. His complex multidisciplinary practice incorporates diverse materials rich with historical symbolism and autobiographical contexts. The visceral experience of his art is therefore considered inseparable from the social matrix that gives rise to it.

Though his practice had its beginnings in photography and conceptual art, Johnson is equally interested in testing the ability of abstract visual languages to communicate across cultural boundaries. He is known for his narrative embedding of material associations and consistent exploration of themes such as collective anxiety, interiority, and liminal space. Johnson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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