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  • Provenance

    Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
    Private Collection, Europe

  • Exhibited

    Brussels, TWIG Gallery, Beyond Beauty, 8 September–20 October 2012

  • 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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Shea Butter Block

wood, black soap, wax, shea butter
135 × 33 × 32.5 cm (52 7/8 × 12 7/8 × 12 7/8 in)
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £15,000

Under the Influence

13 December 2012