Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson has continually explored the relationships between biographic and collective narratives through themes such as art, music, literature, philosophy and history, with a special focus on Afro-American culture. His practice ranges from painting, sculpture and photography to installation and film.
Shelter, 2012
Rashid Johnson

Exhibition view
South London Gallery, London

For Wedding, 2012
Rashid Johnson

Branding, black soap, wax on red oak flooring
184 x 123,5 x 6,5 cm

There are Stranger Villages, 2010
Exhibition view
Galerie Guido W. Baudach
Rashid Johnson
There are Stranger Villages, 2010
Exhibition view
Galerie Guido W. Baudach
Rashid Johnson
There are Stranger Villages, 2010
Exhibition view
Galerie Guido W. Baudach
Rashid Johnson
Black Yoga, 2010
Rashid Johnson

16mm film transferred to DVD
4:42 min

Our People, Kind of, 2010
Rashid Johnson

Black soap, wax, welded brass, books,
spray paint, plants, shea butter
280 x 508 x 22,5 cm

Communicating with Black Moses, 2010
Rashid Johnson

Black soap, wax, vinyl, CB radio, brass, spray paint, plants, shea butter, space rock
280 x 204 x 27 cm

Sechs Consciousness, 2010
Rashid Johnson

White ceramic tile, vinyl, spray paint, shea butter
121 x 182 x 20 cm

Triangle, 2010
Rashid Johnson

Black soap, wax, vinyl, brass, book, spray paint, plant, shea butter, space rock
204 x 280 x 27 cm

Garden Island, 2010
Rashid Johnson

White ceramic tile, book, spray paint, shea butter
101 x 101 x 20 cm

The Sweet Sweet Runner, 2010
Rashid Johnson

16mm transferred to DVD
3:19 min

Krista & Natasha, 2010
Rashid Johnson

Archival pigment print
113 x 89,5 cm, framed

The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Marcus), 2010
Rashid Johnson

Archival pigment print
63 x 50,5 cm framed

Green Belt, 2009
Rashid Johnson

Lambda print
50,8 x 40,6 cm

born 1977 in Chicago
lives and works in New York

2004–05 SAIC, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
2000 Bachelor of Arts, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago

Solo Exhibitions

Sodade, Hauser & Wirth, Menorca, Spain

The Crisis, Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, USA
Summer Projects: Rashid Johnson, Creative Time, New York
The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, USA
Capsule, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
The Chorus, Gallery Met, The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Anxious Audience, The Power Plant, Toronto
Waves, Hauser & Wirth, London
Stage, PS1 COURTYARD: an experiment in creative ecologies, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY

The Hikers, Hauser & Wirth, New York
The Hikers, Aspen Art MuseumUSA
Los Senderistas, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
Rashid Johnson. It Never Entered My Mind, Hause & Wirth, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Provocations, Institute for Contemporary Art, Richmond, USA
No More Water, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland
The Rainbow Sign, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA

Rashid Johnson. Anxious Audience, Billboard 8171, London Bridge, London
Hail We Now Sing Joy, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, USA
Hail We Now Sing Joy, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri, USA
Rashid Johnson: Stranger, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, England
Rashid Johnson: The New Back Yoga and Samuel in Space, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, USA

Fly Away, Hauser & Wirth, New York
Within Our Gates, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Reasons, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy

Shea Wall, Grand Palais, Paris
Matthew Day Jackson / Rashid Johnson, Studio des Acacias, Paris
Anxious Men, The Drawing Center, New York
Blocks, The High Line, New York
Smile, Hauser & Wirth, London

Islands, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Magic Numbers, George Economou Collection, Athens
Rashid Johnson, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Magic Numbers, The George Economou Collection, Marousi, Greece
New Growth, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, USA

The gathering, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland
Message to Our Folks, Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA
Message to Our Folks, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
New GrothBallroom Marfa, Texas

Shelter, South London Gallery, London
Coup d'état, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Message to Our Folks, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Miami Art Museum (cat.)
Rumble, Hauser & Wirth, New York

25 Days After October, Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy
There are Stranger Villages, Galerie Guido W. Baudach (Wedding), Berlin
Art Statements, Art 41 Basel
Between Nothingness and Eternity, Carlson/Massimo De Carlo, London
Our Kind of People, Salon 94, New York

Other Aspects, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Smoke and Mirrors, Sculpture Center, New York
The Dead Lecturer: Laboratory, Dojo, and Performance Space, Power House Memphis, Memphis, USA

I Hope I’m Funny, annarumma 404, Naples, Italy
The New Escapist Promised Land Garden and Recreation Center, moniquemeloche Gallery, Chicago
Cosmic Slops, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
Newgro - Sharpening My Oyster Knife, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (cat.), Germany
The Dead Lecturer, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York

Dark Matters, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, USA

Young, Gifted and Black, annarumma 404, Naples, Italy

Stay Black and Die, moniquemeloche Gallery, Chicago
The Production of Escapism, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana, USA

LISTE, The Young Art Fair in Basel, presented by moniquemeloche Gallery, Chicago

The Rise and Fall of the Proper Negro, moniquemeloche Gallery, Chicago

UBS 12x12: New Artist/New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
New Work, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago

Manumission Papers, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Birminghan, United Kingdom

Selected Group Exhibitions

This Tender, Fragile Thing, Jack Shainman Gallery, The School, Kinderhook, USA
What Is Left Unspoken, Love, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
Among Friends: Three Views of a Collection, Flag Art Foundation, New York
everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt, Selections from the Collection, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Fire Figure Fantasy: Selections from ICA Miami’s Collection, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Ulysses’ Dream, La Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles Island, France
Through Our Eyes – Resonance and Illusion in Contemporary Portraits, Center of International Contemporary Art, Vancouver
Black Melancholia, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandal-on-Hudson, NY

Tense Conditions. A Presentation of the Contemporary Art Collection, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, New Museum, New York
Closer to Life: Drawings and Works on Paper in the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA
Arcimboldo Face to Face, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
The Stomach and the Port, 11th edition of The Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England
Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago
How Do We Know the World?, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA
There is Always One Direction, de la Cruz Collection, Miami
Shared Visions, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
Collection Highlights, Rubell Museum, Miami, FL
*Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago
*30 Americans, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; Arlington; Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM

Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Pérez Art Museum Miami, USA
Jellyfish, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
Friend of Ours, Rental Gallery, East Hampton
Schau & Rauch, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland
Dark Matter, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
30 Americans, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu
To Form a More Perfect Union, Hauser & Wirth, New York
Artists for New York, Hauser & Wirth, New York
100 Drawings From Now, The Drawing Center, New York
2020 Vision, The New York Academy of Art residency, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton
Contemporary Art + Design: New Acquisitions, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
A Possible Horizon, de la Cruz Collection, Miami
Show Me the Signs, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Psychic Wounds: On Art & Trauma, The Warehouse, Dallas

Unbroken Current, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, USA
Garden of Earthly Delights, Gropius Bau, Berlin
How it looks to be you in Egyptian Cotton, 214 Projects, Dallas
*30 Americans, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, USA
New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago
The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City
Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit
The Hidden Pulse, Vivid LIVE 2019, Sydney Opera House
A Time Capsule Continued, Parkett Exhibition Space, Zurich, Switzerland
New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, DePaul Art Museum, DePaul University, Chicago
Unbroken Current, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections, Detroit Institute of Arts, USA
Reflections, Gana Art, Seoul
*Amulet or He calls it chaos, David Ireland House, 500 Capp Street, San Francisco
Yorkshire Sculpture International, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England; Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, England; The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, England; Yorkshire
Fatherhood, Over The Influence, Los Angeles
Michael Jackson. On the Wall, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany; Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA), Espoo, Finland
Grace Wales Bonner. A Time for Dreams, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
New Prints 2019/Winter, International Print Center New York
Groundings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

White | Black, Acquavella Galleries, New York
Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground, Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
Sky Above Clouds, curated by Meredith Darrow and Olivia Davis, Performance Ski, Aspen, USA
Collection: a Selection of African Artworks, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Transformative Space: The N’Namdi Collection, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, USA
Selections from the Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, USA
Michael Jackson: On the Wall, National Portrait Gallery, London
Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, Frist Center fort he Visual Arts, Nashville, USA
Legacy oft he Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, MassArt, Boston, USA

Force and Form, de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami, USA
An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Permanent Collection: Five and Forward, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, USA
Social Surfaces, Artists Space, New York
Prospect New Orleans Triennial, Prospect. 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, New Orleans, USA
Something living, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
The Art Show: Art of the New Millennium in the Taguchi Art Collection, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Takasaki, Japan
*ISelf Collection: The End of Love, Whitechapel Gallery, London
In Context: Africans in America, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, Johannesburg
In Context: Africans in America, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance, MOCAD, Detroit, USA
I hear it everywhere I go, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, USA
Prospect. 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans, USA
A Simple Passion and a Complex Vision: The Darryl Atwell Collection, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte, USA
Minimalism & Beyond, Mnuchin GalleryNew York
Hill People, Performance Ski, Aspen, USA
botánica, John Beggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Eternal Youth, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago
Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Oliver Twist, Chapter 2: Dear Darren, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, USA
Art/Africa, le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America, Brooklyn Museum, New York
99 Cents or Less, MOCAD, Detroit, USA
Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
One & Other, Zabludowicz Collection, London
The Age of Ambiguity: Abstract Figuration/Figurative Absraction, Vito Schnabel Gallery, Moritz, Switzerland
We Are Here, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago
A Poet*hical Wager, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, USA
Memory is a tough place. Photographs from The New School Art Collection, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New York
The White Hunter, FM Centre of Contemporary Art, Milano, Italy
Tomorrow Will Still Be Ours A Festival of Visionary Ideas, Activism & Arts, Gavin Brown Enterprises, New York  

30 Americans, Tacoma Art MuseumTacoma, USA
For Freedoms, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Blackness in Abstraction, Pace Gallery, New York
Paper in Practice, Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles
Nice Weather, curated by David Salle, Skarstedt Gallery, New York
Route to (Re)Settlement, Palmetto Curatorial Exchange at Mann-Simons, Columbia, USA

Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond, California African American Museum, Los Angeles
Salon d´Hiver, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland
Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, USA
I Got Rhythm. Kunst und Jazz seit 1920, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Opening the Box: Unpacking Minimalism, The George Economou Collection, Athens
Breath/Breadth: Contemporary American Black Male Identity, Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, Lynchburg, USA
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Guggenheim, New York
America is Hard to See, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
30 Americans, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit (cat.), USA

The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, Museum of Modern Art, New York (cat.)
Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Cisneros Fontalas Art Foundation, USA
From the Collection: Looking at process, De La Cruz Collection, Miami
CoDM Ceremonies of Dark Men, Lincoln Theatre, Washington D.C.
The Botanica | presented by AA Bronson & Michael Buehler-Rose, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York
Daily Memories, Kunstmuseum Kloster, Madgeburg, Germany
Secret Passions. Private Flemish Collections, Lille 3000, Lille, France
Body Doubles, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago
Music Palace, Villa Empain, Brussels
Variations: Conversations In and Around Abstract Painting, LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Black Eye, 57 Walker Street, New York
Look at me: Portraiture from Manet tot he Present, Leila Heller Gallery, New York
Facets, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, USA
Man in the Mirror, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels
George Nakashima in conversation, Untitled, New York
30 Americans, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, New Orleans (cat.), USA
Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection, Charles H. Wright Museum of
African American History, Detroit / Flint, Institute of Arts, Flint (cat.), USA

From the Collection: Looking at process, De La Cruz Collection, Miami
Darkness Visible, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
L'Ange de l'histoire, L’école nationale supérieure Beaux-arts, Paris
White Collar Crimes, Acquavella Galleries, New York (cat.)

CARA DOMANI, MAMbo Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
In the Holocene, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, United Kingdom
HEUTE. MALEREI, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg, Germany
REACTIVATION, 9th Shanghai Biennale
An architect’s dream, Curator’s Office, Washington DC
30 AmericansThe Rubell Family Collection, Chrysler Museum of Art, Virginia, USA

American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Oh!, Galerie Patrick Seguin invites Massimo de Carlo, Paris
The Waste Land, ranzitdisplay, Prague
Converging Voices, Transforming Dialogue, University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, USA
With one color, Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York
Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, USA
INTERNAL / EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, Residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to Germany, Berlin
ILLUMInations, International Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale
30 AmericansThe Rubell Family Collection, The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Seeing Is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Livingroom Exotica, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
DWELLING, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
you, your sun and shadow, Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts, Virginia, USA

Lush Life, Lehmann Maupin, New York
Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, National Arts Club, New York
ABOUT US, Johan König, Berlin
Hope! A contemporary art exhibition, Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard, France
Item, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
At Home/Not at Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, CCS BARD, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA (cat.)
(LEAN), Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines, Bortolami Gallery at The Webster, Miami
Selected Works from the MCA Collection: Focus on UBS 12x12, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Chicago
From Then to Now: Masterworks of African American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, USA

Beg, Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection / Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami (cat.)
30 Seconds off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (cat.)
Under Control, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Matthew Chambers I Brendan Fowler I Rashid Johnson I Jason Kraus, Rental Gallery, New York
Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor, Katonah Museum of Art, USA
Across the Divide: Reconsidering the Other, Illinois State Museum, Chicago

30 AmericansRubell Family Collection, Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami (cat.)
Made in Chicago: Photographs from the Bank of American LaSalle Collection, Chicago Cultural Center, USA
Across the Divide: Reconsidering the Other, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, USA
Creswell Crags, Lisa Cooley Fine Art, New York
Ahh, Decadence, SAIC - School of the Art Institute, Chicago
Summer Mixtape Volume 1: the Get Smart edition, Exit Art, New York
Zero Zone, Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York

For the Love of the Game: Race and Sports, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford, USA
Look Into The Rays, in collaboration with Rob Davis and Mike Langlois, moniquemeloche Gallery, Chicago
Color Line, Luanda Triennial, Angola; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
CIEL, Centre International d‘Exposition de Larouche, Larouche, Canada
UNISA, University of South Africa Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Projet Est-Ouest, Espace 72, Verviers, Belgium
MCA Exposed: Defining Moments in Photography, 1967-2007, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu: colors, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany
American Identities, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Look Into the Rays of the New Solar Sun Rising, Markus Winter, Berlin
Scarecrow, Postmasters, New York

NAPOLI PRESENTE, Posizioni e Prospettive dell-Arte Contemporarea, PAN Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy
Wish, COCA Center of Creative Arts, Seattle, USA
Only Skin Deep: Chancing Visions of the American Self, San Diego Museum of Art and Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego (cat.), USA
Crossings: 10 artists from Kaohsiung & Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; Museum of Fine Art, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Prague
In Search of a Continuous Present, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA
Not Too Loose and Not Too Tight, DCKT Contemporary, New York

Only Skin Deep: Chancing Visions of the American Self, Seattle Art Museum (cat.), USA
A Perfect Union…More or Less, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago
About Face: Photographic Portraits from the Collection, Art Institute of Chicago
Common Ground: Discovering Community in 150 Years of Art, Selections from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington
Inside Out: Portrait Photographs from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum, New York
The Perfect Number, annarumma 404, Naples, Italy

Only Skin Deep: Chancing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York (cat.)
The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
A Century of Collection: African American Art, Art Institute of Chicago

Manumission Papers, Avampato Discovery Museum (formerly Sunrise Museum), Charleston, USA
Cut, Pulled, Colored, and Burnt, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

Freestyle, Studio Museum Harlem, New York
Bastard (son of hot sauce), Law Office, Chicago
Musings: Contemporizing Tradition, Gallery 312, Chicago

A Decade of Acquisitions, Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, USA

Seeing In the Dark, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Birmingham & Chicago
New Artists, Old Techniques, Schneider Gallery, Chicago USA