“Rashid Johnson”

Minimalism at the George Economou Collection, Athens

The George Economou Collection, Athens is holding a collective exhibition entitled “Opening the Box: Unpacking Minimalism” which will open on 22 October 2015 and run until April 2016. The exhibition will be curated by Mark Godfrey and will feature works by Dan Flavin, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Roni Horn, Rashid Johnson, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, John McCracken, and Nikolai Mikhailovich Suetin. The exhibition is showing ten works that will expose a more nuanced side to Minimalism by exploring different debates, places and times. It will provide a journey for the viewer through the museum, beginning with an impressive brushed aluminium channel (1978) and early relief (1961) by Donald Judd, a plank (1988) by John McCracken and a painting (1966) by Agnes Martin. It will also feature Dan Flavin’s monument 4 for those who have been killed in ambush (to P. K. who reminded me about death) (1966), a work made from red fluorescent lamps and explicitly evoking the violence of the Vietnam War. Other works on the second floor will also reflect the relationship between Minimalism and history, such as Nikolai Suetin’s Suprematist Composition (1921) and Isa Genzken’s Gelbes Ellipsoid (Yellow Ellipsoid) (1976). The top floor of the exhibition explores the ideological implications of Minimalism as a new artistic discourse addressing loss, desire and identity, with works such as Robert Gober’s The Silent Sink (1984) evoking notions of loss and disease and Roni Horn’s Untitled (Billie), Untitled (Holiday) (2012) conveying the tragic romance of Billie Holiday’s music. The exhibition shows that Minimalism is not merely a blank canvas, but a kaleidoscopic mood board, as it is not quite so universally cool and clean as it supposes to...

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Rashid Johnson’s “Smile” to open at Hauser & Wirth London

A monographic exhibition of the works of Rashid Johnson is to open at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in London on 28 January, and will be on show until 7 March 2015. The exhibition borrows its title “Smile” from Elliott Erwitt’s iconic photograph of a grinning black boy holding a gun to his head. The juxtaposition of joy and tragedy in this unsettling image is a theme that runs throughout Chicago-born Johnson’s upcoming exhibition, which will feature thousands of prints of this photograph, which surround the other works on display. Other works featured include a series of large brass panels splashed with a mixture of black soap and wax, a technique used in several others of Johnson’s works, along with a recent sculpture entitled Fatherhood (2014), which consists of  a large grid made of steel cubes, inside which are placed a variety of domestic items and houseplants, including copies of Bill Cosby’s memoir, also...

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Hauser & Wirth Gallery presents “Rumble”

New York, 19 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Hauser & Wirth Gallery will host, in its New York space, the work of one of its latest artists, Rashid Johnson from 11 January 2012. The exhibition entitled “Rumble”, will take place until 25 February and will present a selection of paintings, sculptures, films and installations by the American artist, as a prelude to his major retrospective announced in April by Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. The title of the exhibition underlines – in a quite explicit manner – the relationship that exists now between Rashid Johnson and Hauser & Wirth. Indeed, “Rumble” refers to the famous battle opposition the emblematic Mohamed Ali to George Foreman, “Rumble in the Jungle”, organised in 1974, by promoter Don King that has occupied the space of today’s Hauser & Wirth at New York. Following Johnson’s art, this title is an insight towards those emblematic figures of history and the culture of iconic African-American figures, as well as to this crucial period of the construction of identity in this community. By occupying two floors of the New York gallery, Rashid Johnson’s work explores his vision on invisible codes, humour, neuroses, alternative languages and sometimes on the acts of violence that have created the African-American cultural identity in the 1970s. Rashid Johnson was spotted in 2001 thanks to his creations exhibited at the show “Freestyle”, organised by Thelma Golden at Studio Museum of Harlem. Recently, he participated at Venice Biennale 2011 and his works are now visible at the exhibition “30 Americans” at the Corcoran Gallery of...

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Rashid Johnson joins Hauser & Wirth Gallery

New York, 7 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). American artist Rashid Johnson has just joined Hauser & Wirth gallery. The Swiss gallery, with branches in Zurich, London and New York, will host an exhibition dedicated to the artist in the Upper East Side, New York from 11 January to 25 February. The gallery also displayed the artist’s works at Art Basel Miami Beach, including MM…Food, which was sold for $75,000, according to Bloomberg. Johnson’s works refer to subjects of the African American culture and history. Apart from photography, which is his favourite medium, the artist also produces sound art, videos or even sculptures. In 2001, his exhibition “Freestyle” was successful, which was organised by Thelma Golden at Studio Museum of Harlem. Johnson recently participated in Venice Biennial 2011 and Corcoran Gallery of Washington is currently displaying his works in the exhibition, “30 Americans”. Figurative sculptor, Thomas Houseago, also joined the famous gallery in London last...

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