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Rashid Johnson
American, born 1977




Mirrored tile, black soap, wax, and paint

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96 x 120 x 1 3/4 inches


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Rashid Johnson’s title refers to the boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman known as the “Rumble in the Jungle.” It took place in Zaire when Black Nationalism was becoming increasingly popular in the United States. In the artists’ words, “One moment, everyone was wearing dashikis and looking for their African roots. Suddenly, they were listening to hip-hop and watching BET. I’m interested in exploring that seismic change, looking into the space between things that came before and after. For me, the undefined, in-between space is where it gets interesting.”


Purchase with David C. Driskell African American Art Acquisition Fund, funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable, Jordan and Mandy Mayers, Tim & Lauren Schrager Family Foundation, and the Friends of Contemporary Art

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© Rashid Johnson

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