SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND //
Rashid Johnson: Smile

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND //
Rashid Johnson: Smile

Works in order of appearance: “Untitled Anxious Man” 2014. White ceramic tile, black soap, wax, spray enamel. “Another Star” 2014. Bronze panel, black soap wax. // “If it’s Magic” 2014. Bronze panel, black soap, wax. // “Another Star” 2014. Bronze panel, black soap wax.

Mayfair gallery Hauser & Wirth presents the first London solo exhibition of Rashid Johnson’s innovative paintings and sculptures.
The title ‘Smile’ takes inspiration from a celebrated image by French-American photographer Elliot Erwitt, in which a young black boy grins broadly, whilst holding a gun to his head. The tense photograph covers the walls, onto which Johnson has installed a group of bronze panels, punctuated with the Chicago-born artist’s signature abstract splashes. The Erwitt photo alludes not only to Johnson’s long-time fascination with street photographers – Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank were strong early influences — but also to an overall exploration of joyfulness in the inherently tragic.

‘Smile’ is at Hauser & Wirth London, 23 Savile Row, until March 7th.