Rashid Johnson, Crosshair Brand, 2011. Painted steel and red oak. Brand 11.5 x 11.5 x 20 inches. Base 1.5 x 15 x 25 inches. Edition of 20 with 3 artist’s proofs.
About the Work
Rashid Johnson‘s work references the new African-American experience, exploring the complexities behind race, class, and cultural identity. Crosshair Brand is a sculpture in two parts that presents a tool Johnson uses to mark the surfaces of many large-scale paintings on red oak, along with a small base also in red oak, and marked in a similar manner. Although the shape of the brands in his paintings may take on many different abstract and representational forms—including circles, diamonds, and palm trees—the crosshair is a recurrent motif throughout his most recent work.
Sanford Biggers’ speaks at London’s Tate Modern in 2008 about his video Hip Hop Ni Sasagu (In Fond Memory of Hip Hop) that was on view in the exhibition Illuminations at the museum. The video features the artist and friends taking part in an improvised bell-ringing ceremony at a Zen temple in Japan. As Biggers explains, a number of the metal bells used in the video were fabricated from melted-down hip-hop jewelery. He talks to TateShots about making this work, and the connections he sees between the traditions of African-American hip-hop and Buddhism.
Into the New Sea (Nomad) by Xaviera Simmons
About the Work
Into the New Sea (Nomad) depicts an empty field of wheat punctured only by the sinuous curve of Xaviera Simmons‘ body, which is draped in a striking red shawl that recalls a traditional African outfit. In motion, the artist appears mid-glance, leaving the viewer to construct their own theories as to why she is there and what she may be looking at.
Art Focus Summer Party kicked off high above New York’s Meatpacking District on the sixth floor terrace of the House of Bumble and kept the crowd smilin’ for three hours on Wednesday night. Art Focus is a unique platform for supporting emerging contemporary artists and is presented by Bumble and bumble University Model Project, SculptureCenter, and The L Magazine. The party featured Action Park: Brina Thurston’s Art Beach Paradise, special DJ sets by Xaviera Simmons and Colleen Nika, and drinks and small bites by Brooklyn Vodka, Chelsea Brewery, Bite Size Kitchen, and Blue Marble Ice Cream. Warm weather and a great mix of artists, dealers, curators, and collectors made for a joyful time! View more photos from the party after the jump.
Untitled by Marlo Pascual
SculptureCenter Limited Edition Photo Portfolio 2010 features photographic prints by an international roster of five emerging female artists: Leslie Hewitt, Marlo Pascual, Erin Shirreff, Kathrin Sonntag and Sara VanDerBeek.
SculptureCenter’s Spring Benefit Lucky Draw
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