Untitled Escape Collage

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  • Provenance

    Courtesy of the Artist and Hauser & Wirth

  • Catalogue Essay

    New York based artist Rashid Johnson was born in Chicago and studied in the photography department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Johnson’s work quickly expanded to embrace a wide range of media – including sculpture, painting, drawing, film-making, and installation – yielding a complex multidisciplinary practice that incorporates diverse materials rich with symbolism and personal history. Rashid Johnson is among an influential cadre of contemporary American artists whose work explores themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history.

  • 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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Untitled Escape Collage

signed "Rashid Johnson" on the reverse
ceramic tile, mirror tile, red oak flooring, vinyl, spray enamel, oilstick, black soap and wax, mounted to board
72 x 48 in. (182.9 x 121.9 cm.)
Executed in 2018.

$185,000 - 225,000 

sold for $319,000

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Art for One Drop

New York Charity Auction 21 September 2018