Rashid Johnson (b. Chicago. Lives and works in New York.)
Johnson basically stormed Hauser & Wirth‘s West Chelsea space this past fall with “Fly Away,” a riff on the influential 1929 hymn “I’ll Fly Away,” and featuring new paintings and sculpture as well as a monumental installation that took advantage of the gallery’s cavernous, soaring architecture.
The well-received show saw Johnson exploring themes of history, yearning, and escape while furthering his interest into the relationship between art, society, and personal identity. The artist’s solo show, “Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing,” opens February 9, 2017, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s on view until May 21.
Installation view, Rashid Johnson, Fly Away. Photo: Martin Parsekain © the artist, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth, New York.
By Eileen Kinsella