"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
Rashid Johnson (b. 1977, Chicago, Illinois, USA) lives and works in New York and Brooklyn, New York. He earned a BA from Columbia College, Chicago (2000) and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago (2005). His work has been included in the exhibitions ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); 25 days after October, Massimo De Carlo, Milan (2010); There Are Stranger Villages, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin (2010); Our Kind of People, Salon 94, New York (2010); Other Aspects, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2009); Lush Life, Lehmann Maupin, New York (2010); Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, National Arts Club, New York (2010); At Home/Not at Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (2010); From Then to Now: Masterworks of African American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2010); 30 Seconds off an Inch, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2009); Smoke and Mirrors, Sculpture Center, Long Island City (2009); The Dead Lecturer: Laboratory, Dojo, and Performance Space, Power House, Memphis (2009); Sharpening My Oyster Knife, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany (2008); 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2008); For the Love of the Game: Race and Sports, Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford (2007); American Identities, Brooklyn Museum of Art (2006); The Production of Escapism, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (2005); Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, ICP, New York (2003); 12x12: New Artist/New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2002); and Freestyle, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2001).done reading