Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson, Self Portrait Laying on Jack Johnson’s Grave, 2006. Lambda print, 40 1/2 x 49 1/2. Collection of Dr. Daniel S. Berger, Chicago.
Provided by Rashid Johnson

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In Message to our Folks at Washington University’s Kemper Museum, Rashid Johnson toys with his affection for the Afrocentrism that shaped his family life throughout the 1980s and ’90s.

(Image courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles) / (Courtesy Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz Collection, Miami. )

Although artist Rashid Johnson explores themes of identity and black history in his work, he does not see the exhibition of his work at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum to be an exploration of the black experience.

What it does show is the breadth of his work during the last fifteen years, in multiple mediums and with multiple layers of meaning.