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  • Provenance

    David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks, exh. cat., Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2012, p. 81 (illustrated)

  • Artist Bio

    Rashid Johnson

    American • 1977

    In 2001, Rashid Johnson made his name as the youngest participant in Freestyle, the exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem that put forward some of today’s best-known African American artists. Thelma Golden, who selected Johnson for the groundbreaking exhibition, identified at the core of his practice, “a deep engagement with the history of conceptual art, but also the history of Black people,” with his work always operating “on an emotional level and an intellectual level at once.”

    Johnson’s frequent use of black soap is exemplary of the artist’s narrative embedding of a pointed range of everyday materials and objects, often associated with his childhood and frequently referencing collective aspects of African American intellectual history and cultural identity.

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A Place for Black Moses

black ceramic tile, black soap, wax, books, vinyl in album cover, brass, shea butter, space rock, star scapes, plants and stained wood
sculpture 39 1/4 x 78 1/2 x 30 5/8 in. (99.7 x 199.4 x 77.8 cm.)
installation with plants variable, approximately 78 x 78 1/2 x 30 5/8 in. (198.1 x 199.4 x 77.8 cm.)

Executed in 2010.

$30,000 - 40,000 

sold for $43,750

Contact Specialist
Rebekah Bowling
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Afternoon Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017