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Collection Online as of February 27, 2024

Standing Broken Men

Standing Broken Men


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


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.
  • 2021
    Agnes Gund, New York, NY, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • “Now on View.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine 62, no. 1: Back cover. Reproduced and Mentioned: Back cover.
  • Contemporary Art Rotation - Spring 2022. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 1-September 25, 2022).
  • {{cite web|title=Standing Broken Men|url=false|author=Rashid Johnson|year=2021|access-date=27 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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