"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
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