Art Post No.6

Guest Post:  Emily is back with some more art to share…

Almost a decade ago, when he was still a graduate student in Chicago, I first encountered two photographs by Rashid Johnson. Since my fateful encounter with his portraits of Jonathan, Johnson’s practice has expanded well beyond photography. Combining wax, wood, shea butter and a plethora of additional materials, Johnson’s work explores an oftentimes autobiographical look at the black experience. In just the past year the artist has received a number of noteworthy nods, including a solo show with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (currently on view), making the shortlist for the coveted Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize, being included in the Venice Biennale, among other pivotal accomplishments. All in all, Rashid Johnson is an artist to watch.


1.  Jonathan with Hands, 1998-1999, Van Dyke Brownprint, 38 3/16 x 49 ¾ inches

2. Installation view

3.  Crosshair Brand, 2011, Edition of 20, 1.5 x 15 x 25 inches

4.  Love in Outer Space, 2008

5.  Cosmic Slop “Black Orpheus,” 2011, Black soap, wax, 72 x 96 x 1 3/4 inches

6.  The Moment of Creation, 2011, Mirrored tile, black soap, wax, vinyl, CB radio, plant, books, oyster shells, shea butter, books, space rocks, ink jet photograph on glass, 72 x 132 x 11 3/4 inches

7.  The artist with his photograph

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Learn more about Rashid Johnson here