Rashid Johnson (born 1977) is an African American socio-political photographer who produces conceptual post-black art. Johnson first received critical attention when examples of his work were included in the exhibition “Freestyle”, curated by Thelma Golden at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2001—when he was 24. He has studied at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited around the world and he is held in collections of many of the worlds leading art museums.
In addition to photography, which is where Johnson began,4 he presents audio
(mostly music), video and sculpture art. Johnson is known for both his unusual artistic productions and for his process. He is also known for combining various science with black history so that his materials, which are formally independent, are augmented by their relation to black history
In 2009, Johnson began collaboration on apparel designs with the Chicago-based company Flux Collection.
In April 2012, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, presents Johnson’s first major museum solo exhibition. MCA Pamela Alper Associate Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm curated the exhibition in close association with the artist. The exhibition, a survey of the past 10 years of the artist’s work, will focus on major works from the past five years. Additionally, new work and a new MCA commission are debuted.
Johnson is currently represented by David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles;Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago; and moniquemeloche gallery in Chicago; and Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin.