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  • Description

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  • Provenance

    Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
    Private Collection, The Netherlands (acquired from the above)
    Phillips, London, December 7, 2017, lot 19
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Kunstmuseum Madgeburg, Rashid Johnson: Sharpening My Oyster Knife, June 14–September 14, 2008, p. 58 (illustrated, pp. 36–37)
    The Hague, Parts Project, Show Me Your Vital Parts, September 11–November 6, 2016, n.p. (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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Stay Black and Die

spray paint on felt
73 x 76 in. (185.4 x 193 cm)
Executed in 2005, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

$25,000 - 35,000 

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New York Auction 28 September 2021