Artist Rashid Johnson Explores Race, Yearning and Escape

July 16, 2017
Rashid Johnson, Antoine’s Organ, 2016.

Rashid Johnson, Antoine’s Organ, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Rashid Johnson, considered “one of the four or five most important contemporary American artists,” walks Anne Strainchamps through his latest exhibition, a collection of monumental sculptures and paintings at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Using signature materials like shea butter and black soap, Johnson explores themes of race, yearning and escape, and grapples with what it means to come of age as young black artist and intellectual.   



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