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Rashid Johnson: The Hikers
Edited by Monica Davis. Text by Heidi Zuckerman, Manuela Moscoso. Interview by Claudia Schreier.
A massive compendium on the multimedia art of Rashid Johnson, tackling themes of Black history, literature, philosophy and material culture
Rashid Johnson (born 1977) is renowned for challenging the assumptions often present in collective notions of Blackness. Based in New York, Johnson is among an influential group of American artists whose work employs a wide range of materials and images to explore themes of art history, literature, philosophy, and personal and cultural identity. After beginning his career working primarily in photography, Johnson has expanded into a variety of mediums, including text work, sculptural objects, installation, painting, drawing, collage, film, performance and choreography. Drawing on a dizzying array of historical, cultural, literary and musical references, Johnson ultimately invites audiences to find connections to their own lives.
Rashid Johnson: The Hikers presents works from his highly acclaimed shows at the Aspen Art Museum, Museo Tamayo and Hauser & Wirth. This dynamic and unprecedented collection of his work features a conversation between Rashid Johnson and choreographer Claudia Schreier, as well as essays by curators Heidi Zuckerman and Manuela Moscoso.
Featured image is reproduced from ĎRashid Johnson: The Hikers'.
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
American artist Rashid Johnsonís mosaic-inspired collages draw viewers into a dreamlike space where escapism leads to a new way of engaging with issues such as racial inequality and mental health.
Itís hard to contain Rashid Johnsonís art in a gallery, let alone between two book covers. And yet, Rashid Johnson: The Hikers manages to capture the essence of the artistís multivalent practice.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/26/2021
In 2019, American artist Rashid Johnson debuted the powerful site-specific film, choreographed performance and exhibition The Hikers at the Aspen Art Museumóproduced in collaboration with Museo Tamayo and Hauser & Wirth New York under the auspices of the prestigious 2018 Aspen Award for Art. Featured here is a photograph of the performance, choreographed with Claudia Schreier, in front of the sixteen-foot-long Untitled Escape Collage (2019)ócomprised of such varied materials as ceramic tile, mirror tile, braded red oak flooring, vinyl, spray enamel, oil stick, black soap and wax. The photograph, by Tony Prikryl, is reproduced from the extraordinary new 440-page, 9.5 x 13-inch, Swiss-bound exhibition catalog, which features remarkable documentation of the work in all three venues, as well as a conversation between Johnson and Schreier and insightful essays by curators Manuela Moscoso and Heidi Zuckerman, who quotes the artist, ďIím probably concerned about a lot of the same things that many of you are concerned about, to be completely honest. Iím concerned about us. Iím concerned about you guys. Iím concerned about the world that my son is going to be inheriting. Heís six years old. Iím concerned about my personal anxiety disorder. Iím concerned about race relations, gender issues, issues around homophobia, issues around how institutions function, the environment. If you can name an Ďism,í Iím probably concerned about that Ďism.íĒ continue to blog
HAUSER & WIRTH PUBLISHERS/ASPEN ART PRESS
USD $85.00 | CAN $119
Pub Date: 5/25/2021
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