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  • Provenance

    Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Tracy Williams, Ltd., Zero Zone, July 2 - August 8, 2008

  • 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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PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT NEW YORK COLLECTOR

157

The Tribal Futurist

2008
black soap, shea butter, wax, brass, incense, gold paint
69 x 69 x 7 in. (175.3 x 175.3 x 17.8 cm.)

Estimate
$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $118,750

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 16 May 2014 11am