Feb 14, 2020

Untitled Anxious Crowd

Untitled Anxious Crowd


Rashid Johnson

(American, b. 1977)


Jennifer Melby



Hauser & Wirth

Softground etching

Watermarks: Partial watermark at lower right (Somerset)

Support: Somerset Velvet wove paper

Image: 50.5 x 61.3 cm (19 7/8 x 24 1/8 in.)

Dr. Gerard and Phyllis Seltzer Fund 2020.78

Did you know?

Rashid Johnson created this print by making repetitive, jagged marks that echoed his subject’s mood into the waxy surface of a softground etching plate.


Contemporary artist Rashid Johnson draws on the traditions of painting and conceptual art to explore the lived experiences of African American men. This print belongs to a series that began as an exploration of the artist’s own anxieties but grew to express the experiences of young black men during a time marked by police violence and mass incarceration. In the artist’s words, “I . . . realiz[ed] that my anxiety was not mine exclusively.”

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