Milton Glaser, sleeve design for the Texan Bluesman Sam Hopkins, LP Lightin’, 1969.
Illustration by Milton Glaser 1967. Image scanned by Sweet Jane.
First coined during the ’90s, the term “post-Black” is used to convey how the works of modern African-American artists can both honor and move past traditional Black stereotypes. Since being curated into the seminal 2001 Freestyle group show at the Studio Museum in Harlem that helped define the movement, Rashid Johnson has been part of the ongoing dialogue surrounding the notion of post-Blackness. By making heavy and candid use of typically “Black” objects from his childhood, the Chicago artist’s work challenges ways of thinking about the Black experience in America and, by extension, seminal issues of race in today’s society.
To understand to the heights that Rashid Johnson’s work has reached, watch his cameo in Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby” video. At 4:44 you’ll see him doing footwork with Hov alongside Marina Abramović, Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg, Judd Apatow, and others. Johnson has come a long way since moving the short distance to New York, with his work now sold at premium to a wide range of names from Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James to Leonardo DiCaprio, and of course, Jay Z.
Check out the interview at FRANK151.com
Kelis is life .
What? For reals? I gotta try that. Why is she serving up tacos, does she know who to make them.