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Color Men

Color Men

2015

Rashid Johnson

(American, b. 1977)

Ceramic, tile, spray enamel, black soap, wax

236.2 x 185.4 cm (93 x 73 in.)

Loan from the Collection of Richard and Michelle Jeschelnig 1.2021

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Rashid Johnson has used black soap throughout his career to allude to the idea that skin color cannot be washed away.

Description

Rashid Johnson draws on a wide range of media and art historical traditions to explore the lived experiences of Black men in America. This piece belongs to a series that began as an exploration of the artist's own anxieties and evolved to express the experiences of young Black men during a period marked by police violence and mass incarceration. In the artist's words, "I...realiz[ed] that my anxiety was not mine exclusively."

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