Rashid Johnson (Phaidon Contemporary Artists Series)
Claudia Rankine, Sampada Aranke, Akili Tommasino
Rashid Johnson (b. 1977) is an American artist who produces conceptual post-black art. Working with a variety of media that includes painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance, Johnson has created a nuanced and iconographic body of work that connects literature, music, and art. Personal references and pervasive cultural narratives are interweaved with the legacy of modernist abstraction, producing what critics have labelled ‘conceptual post-black art’. A precocious talent (his work was included in the seminal ‘Freestyle’ exhibition in New York in 2001), Johnson received the High Museum of Art’s David C. Driskell Prize, which honours contributions in the field of African-American art.