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  • Provenance

    White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction, 15 May 2010
    Private Collection
    Phillips, New York, 19 September 2013, lot 5
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Cosmic Soul Mate

signed and dated 'Rashid Johnson 2010' on the reverse
black soap, wax, shea butter and gold paint
90.5 x 53.4 x 10.1 cm (35 5/8 x 21 x 3 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2010.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £12,500

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