Softground etching on Somerset Velvet wove paper
Image: 60.3 x 50.2 cm (23 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.)
Dr. Gerard and Phyllis Seltzer Fund 2020.77
Rashid Johnson created this print by making repetitive, jagged marks that echoed his subject’s mood into the waxy surface of a softground etching plate.
Contemporary artist Rashid Johnson draws on the traditions of painting and conceptual art to explore the lived experiences of African American men. This print belongs to a series that began as an exploration of the artist’s own anxieties but grew to express the experiences of young black men during a time 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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