Dec 17, 2021

Standing Broken Men

Standing Broken Men

2021

Rashid Johnson

(American, b. 1977)

Ceramic tile, mirror tile, branded red oak, bronze, spray enamel, oil stick, black soap, wax

240.7 x 186.7 x 7.6 cm (94 3/4 x 73 1/2 x 3 in.)

Gift of Agnes Gund in honor of Helena Huang 2021.161

Exhibition

Contemporary Art Rotation - Spring 2022

Did you know?

Standing Broken Men is composed of fine art and organic materials, all of which are common throughout Rashid Johnson’s work.

Description

At the center of a frenzied mosaic, an abstract, fractured figure stares, wide-eyed, out at the viewer. Standing Broken Men and a related series of mixed-media mosaic works grew out of Johnson’s Anxious Men and Anxious Audiences series (2015–18) in which the artist used frantic marks to render abstracted faces in gridded formations. As Standing Broken Men exemplifies, Johnson continues to make vivid the experience of anxiety, now composing figures through fragmented shards. Through this technique, brokenness is inherent in the figures and the pictorial worlds they inhabit. However, their pieces are reassembled into dynamic colorful wholes, suggesting the possibility for healing and renewal.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.