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  • Provenance

    Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
    Private Collection
    Christie's, South Kensington, March 26, 2014, lot 31
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Rashid Johnson: The Dead Lecturer, February 22 - March 29, 2008 (another example illustrated)

  • 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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The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Emmett)

Lambda print, in artist’s frame, found object, steel, cinder blocks and wax, in 4 parts
photograph 48 x 74 in. (121.9 x 188 cm.)
sculpture 55 x 12 x 21 in. (139.7 x 30.5 x 53.3 cm.)
overall dimensions variable

Executed in 2008, this photograph is number 1 from an edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $27,500

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New York Auction 19 September 2017