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  • Provenance

    Annarumma, Naples
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2010

  • Artist Biography

    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 Discerning Vision: Property From An Important Private Collection


Let Sleeping Dogs Lye

signed, titled, numbered and dated "Rashid Johnson 0|5 1/3 ED. LeT SleePing Dogs Lye" on the reverse of the backing board
chromogenic print
20 7/8 x 31 7/8 in. (53 x 81 cm.)
Executed in 2005, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $5,000

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New York Auction 4 March 2020