RASHID JOHNSON "UNTITLED", 2015
Rashid Johnson (b. 1977) explores elements of cultural identity through a wide range of media, with a focus on African American history.
Many of Johnson's works are poignant meditations on race and class. Johnson is known for using both abstraction and autobiographic elements in his work juxtaposed with aspects of science African American history.
The artist frequently introduces new techniques to his practice, whether at his own printmaking atelier, or through frequent collaborations. He also makes his own tools to score, scrape, engrave, and brand his artwork.
Regardless of medium, Rashid Johnson's aesthetic is known for its repeated motifs: such as giant black forms, sometimes aggressive, sometimes gestural, that seem to devour their pictorial plain. In this work, the intensity in circular mark-making evokes deep complexities in this etching. This print is a paradigm of Johnson's oeuvre and his mastery of the nuances involved in the color black.
A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his work can be found in museum collections around the world. In 2011, he was featured in the international pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He is also one of the youngest artists to have works pass the $1 million dollar mark at auction.
This particular work, is notably small edition and a paradigm of Johnson's black forms. It can be found in museum collections such as the Whitney Museum (NYC).
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Print, Softground etching
From an edition of 25
9.9"H 5.8"W (sheet)
Publisher: Published by Hauser & Wirth
Signed and dated by the artist in pencil
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